The heartbroken parents of the Nebraska toddler who was killed by an alligator at Walt Disney World will not sue Disney.
2-year-old Lane Graves was tragicallykilled at the resort last month after an alligator snatched him from the shore of the Seven Seas Lagoon.
“Melisa and I are broken,” Lane’s father Matt Graves wrote in a statement released Wednesday. “We will forever struggle to comprehend why this happened to our sweet baby Lane.”
While the family does plan on establishing the Lane Thomas Foundation in honor of their son, they will not sue Disney.
Instead, Melisa and Matt say they will “solely be focused on the future health of our family and will not be pursuing a lawsuit against Disney.”
In their statement, the couple did not reveal whether or not they already received a cash settlement from Disney, and they didn’t cite a specific reason for why they’re choosing not to pursue legal action.
Lane’s death on June 14 shocked the world, with many parents calling out Disney for failing to post alligator warning signs around the Seven Seas Lagoon.
However, according to the New York Daily News, legal experts believe it would have been extremely tough for the Graves family to present a solid case.
The park claims this was the only fatal alligator attack in its 45-year history.
Now that they’ve decided not to sue the park, Melisa and Matt Graves can finally start grieving for their little boy on their own terms.
“We will forever struggle to comprehend why this happened to our sweet baby, Lane,” the parents wrote in their statement. “As each day passes, the pain gets worse, but we truly appreciate the outpouring of sympathy and warm sentiments we have received around the world.”