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Parents take to social media to support family after Disney gator attack

Jennifer Venditti's son wades in Seven Seas Lagoon

Jennifer Venditti's son wades in Seven Seas Lagoon at Disney's Grand Floridian. Credit: Facebook/Jennifer Venditti

Following the death of a 2-year-old boy in an alligator attack at Walt Disney World, mothers have taken to social media to show their support for the grieving parents. 

"How does one go home without your baby in tow? I've already seen posts criticizing the parents," shared Jennifer Venditti on Facebook, along with photos of her own son who she says was playing in the same area where the attack took place about an hour before. 

"I can assure you alligators were not on my mind at all when Channing was in the water," Venditti wrote. "It's a tiny beach, surrounded by pools, waters slides, a restaurant and a fire pit. I can't conceive that an alligator would be in such a busy, small space." 

Her post has gone viral, being shared over 200,000 times on Facebook. 

Others have also taken to social media to speak for and against the parents, Matt and Melissa Graves of Omaha, Nebraska. 

"I feel bad for the kid that was snatched by the alligator but the parents are dumb for letting him swim in a no swim area," tweeted @bibarra007. 

"I just need to know if these parents are being charged for neglect of a child," posted Twitter user @kadasaurus. 

"To the mother and father who went for a walk on vacation for the last time with their little boy yesterday, I am deeply sorry that you had to experience the worst kind of tragedy possible, an accident," Melissa Fenton wrote in a Facebook post that has been shared over 400,000 times. "Stop the blaming. Stop the shaming. In their darkest hours, can we please just love other parents?" 

"We are devastated and ask for privacy during this extremely difficult time," the Graves' said in a statement released by a family friend. 

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