July 12th, 2011
10:48 AM ET

Gator bites boy at park after man lets reptile out

A man at an Indiana amusement park pulled a small alligator out of its enclosure, offered some children the chance to pet it and then fled when the gator bit an 11-year-old boy, police said.

"Someone we're still trying to identify was able to get one of the alligators out," said Sgt. Michael Grennes of the Valparaiso Police Department.

Grennes said the police are investigating Monday's incident and it's unclear what charges, if any, the man may face.

A Valparaiso police incident report said the man took a pole with string attached, which patrons may use to feed gators from a distance, to create a noose and pull out an alligator. After fishing the reptile out of its enclosure, the man told some children they could pet the alligator, the report said.

"The alligator snipped at one of the fingers of one of the kids that was there," Grennes said.

According to the police report, the boy was injured on his right index finger. Grennes said the injury was not serious.

Grennes said a woman believed to have been with the man at the time has since said she cannot identify him.

"She continues to tell us she doesn't know who he is," Grennes said.

The Valparaiso park, called Zao Island, is a small family entertainment center that includes go-karts and mini golf  as well as the live alligators.

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  1. HRH banasy

    As well he should, if convicted.

    July 12, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jazzzzzzz

    Yeah and casey anthony did get national attention , hmmm why indeed. He was a cop for one. look at the pope who doesnt say a peep about the priest abusing boys. Its about protection their own I guess.
    Judge set a date for JULY 26TH for additional charges to be added
    preliminary hearing is set for SEPTEMBER 15TH

    July 12, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jazzzzzzz

    Just google Gazette.com Colorado Springs

    July 12, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jazzzzzzz


    pasted it but the WORD U KNOW DIDNT LET IT GO THRU

    July 12, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. HRH banasy

    People say plenty about the priests abusing kids.
    That's disingenuous.
    And I think you mean the police protect their own...unless caught.
    That's the way it is with *both* groups.

    July 12, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzz

      I said look at the pope saying NOTHING about the priest abusing children
      And I did say that they protect their own.
      please re-read

      July 12, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. HRH banasy

    People say plenty about the priests and kids.
    That's disingenuous.
    And I think you mean the police protect their own...unless caught.
    That's the way it is with *both* groups.

    July 12, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jazzzzzzz

    Ha Ha , guess WE are the UNOFFICIAL Editors of CNN

    July 12, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jazzzzzzz

    If there is 17 counts and more coming , this SHOULD get national attention. and the guy is 30 yrs old
    TWO ppl at ALL TIMES should be in the presence of children NO LESS.
    just imagine if YOUR police station hired a guy like that who could grab YOUR KIDS ANY TIME HE WANTS.

    July 12, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. It must really stink.....

    ....to be an obsessive-compulsive blogger.

    July 12, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzz

      btw... and who are you may I ask? I rarely post anymore thank you very much

      July 12, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Better Than Freud

      If by rarely you mean you're on here every day and every night? Yes you're healthy.

      July 12, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. HRH banasy

    The pope has spoken out and addressed the problem.
    Just because *you* haven't heard about doesn't mean it hasn't been said.
    And priests aren't the only "men of God" who has abused children.
    There are many.

    July 12, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzz

      I think the children are the FOCUS HERE , right
      and it was very little TOO LATE.

      July 12, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jazzzzzzz


    July 12, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Catholic Priest

    @ banasy , can i baby sit u and your children all together ? I'll take turns with each one of you in the bedroom , that way u all can b touched by the LORD !!! LET ME KNOW OK !!

    July 12, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jazzzz is such....

    ....a false person.
    She's prolly trying to get a boyfriend like she did with Cesar and Lucifer.
    Watch out, Catholic Priest!

    July 12, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzz

      @ Banasy... no one has ever gone after no one, least of all me. Why you choose to attack me on the blogs is beyond me. I believe your the one who needs to grow up little girl.

      July 12, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Philip

    Pope's have been speaking-out about child butt-raype for centuries now. Now it's our turn to speak-out. hint:if your bedroom slippers cost 5K, you ain't Jesus and you don't represent him either...so shut the hell-up. We the people will handle these crimes against children, and when it comes to you butt-raypeing our boys, we ain't exactly the forgiving kind. Sins can be forgiven. Crimes left unpunished for centuries demand JUSTICE. Maybe your catholic god will forgive your sins, but you'll be paying for your crimes. (even if it is just archdiosese funds used for bribing judges, ya still had to pay)

    July 12, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Catholic Priest

    Little girl ,little girl did someone say little girl ,where show me the way !!! Little girls are my specialty !!! They are my favorite to baby sit !!! Visit us at http://www.My babysitter is a priest.com !!!!

    July 12, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Somratni

      Sick idiot.

      July 12, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
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