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PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — Authorities are searching for a 2-year-old boy after his mother was found dead in her St. Petersburg apartment on Thursday.
According to the St. Petersburg Police Department, the body of 20-year-old Pashun Jeffery was discovered at the Lincoln Shores Apts., located at 11601 4th Street North. around 2:30 p.m. by apartment staff.
“It’s all hands on deck right now,” said St. Petersburg Police Chief Anthony Holloway. “We’ll call our detectives in, we have our county, state and federal partners that are assisting because we want to find Taylen. That’s our main goal right now.”
Her 2-year-old son Taylen Mosley is missing. An Amber Alert was issued minutes after authorities first reported him missing.
“We have a dog coming in to try to find him,” Holloway said. “We’re also going to put a drone up to do a grid search of the back area.”
Holloway said Pashun and Taylen were last seen by family Wednesday around 5:30 p.m. Then, around 9:30 p.m., a neighbor told police they heard a commotion coming from the apartment.
When family members failed to reach Pashun the next afternoon, they asked apartment staff to check up on her. That’s when her body was found inside her apartment.
“I can tell you its a very violent homicide scene in the apartment,” Holloway said. “Our main concern is we need to find this 2-year-old. We need to know where he is.”
Neighbors were stunned at the news.
“It’s really sad about the missing kid,” said Michael Horman. “I didn’t know it was in my neighborhood, and I was really shocked when I pulled up and saw it, that it was in my neighborhood. It’s usually a very peaceful neighborhood.”
Police even hauled away the communal dumpster to go through the complex’s trash for clues.
St. Petersburg Police Public Information Manager Yolanda Fernandez said, “No family member has [Taylen] that we can find. Even though we are investigating her murder, our first priority is to find Taylen.”
Police said the toddler is not with his father.
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and numerous off-duty investigators were called in to help search for Taylen.
“We have all hands on deck. We have every detective that we have in-house doing double shifts. Everyone is coming in to try to search the complex and try to find this child,” Fernandez said. “The longer he is missing, the more difficult this gets. We need to find this child.”
Detectives are currently combing the area for potential video footage.
“They are going door to door to see if anybody has any type of cameras or if anything that they saw law night or saw today that was suspicious so we can follow up on those leads,” Holloway added.
Anyone with information is asked to contact St. Petersburg Police.
The apartment complex sent the following message to residents on Thursday night.
An active investigation started this afternoon and an ongoing search for a 2-year-old boy. All residents should feel safe knowing that the Police have informed us that this is an isolated incident and there are no known active threats to Lincoln Shores and its residents.
We are working with law enforcement to help aid in their investigation in any way possible. Since there is an ongoing investigation, we are not able to discuss any details related to the incident.
Anyone with information should immediately contact St. Petersburg Police Department at 727-892-7780.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and missing boy.Lincoln Shores Management