ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The police of St. Petersburg detectives are desperate to find the 2-year-old St. Petersburg, whose mother died at her North St. Pete apartment on Thursday.
Taylen Mosley just turned 12 on March 2. Now it’s a case of Amber Alert.
Photos of Pashun Jeffery and Taylen Mosely provided by St. Petersburg Police Department
St. Petersburg Police Chief Anthony Holloway said at a press conference Thursday evening that Taylen was last seen with her mother, 20-year-old Pashun Jeffery, around 5:30 pm Wednesday outside a Lincoln apartment on North 4th Street.
“Our main concern is these two years of age,” said Chief Holloway.
Holloway said a neighbor came to report hearing a “commotion” coming from Jeffery’s apartment on Wednesday night, but police were not called at the time.
“Before today the family had not heard from the deceased, so they asked the manager of the apartment to stop them,” said Chief Holloway.
Detectives believe Jeffery was killed inside his apartment. His body was found at about 2:30 a.m. Thursday.
Footage from SkyFOX shows the crime scene wrapped around the parking lot. The doors and trunk of a blue parked vehicle are open, with furniture sitting on the sidewalk behind it. Holloway confirmed the car belonged to Jeffery.
Police are not sure if Taylen was home at the time.
“That scene is a very violent crime in the middle” [of the apartment]Chief Holloway said. “We want to find Taylen. That’s our main goal right now… We just want to make sure the boy is safe,” Holloway said.
Officials are asking for any neighbors or neighbors who have footage or information that could help them find Taylen.
Officials said Taylen’s father has not spoken, but they are certain Taylen is not with his father.
Taylen is described as a black male who is 2 feet tall and weighs 30 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes.
Neighbors said they were surprised to see so many law enforcement officers at the apartment complex.
Neighbors say they were surprised to see so many law enforcement officers at the apartment complex.
“Police officer after police officer,” said one neighbor. “Then I saw two detectives coming in. Then I saw two detectives coming in. Then, a lot of maintenance workers just zooming over here real quick.”
As of Thursday night, police believed Taylen had likely been missing for 24 hours.
“The last time he was seen was yesterday at five o’clock in the afternoon,” said Holloway. “It could be anywhere.”
Holloway says the county, state and federal agencies are working on this issue. He said they would also search for dogs, flew a drone over a nearby pond and took a rescuer from the apartment complex to search.
“The murder scene, we’re going to work,” Holloway said. “But now, we want to bring that boy home.”
Police say it’s unclear if Taylen was injured before she disappeared. They believe that Jeffrey and his son are living alone in their apartment.
“If you have that child, call us. Let’s know that this child is safe, because that’s the most important thing right now,” Holloway said. “We’re not looking to charge anyone. I just want to know where this boy is now so he’s safe.”
Anyone with information about the child’s location or the homicide call 911 or St. Petersburg Police Department at 727-893-7780.