A homeless Florida woman, mauled to death and dragged into a waterway by a huge alligator, was arrested a few months ago for trespassing in wetlands.
Sabrina Peckham, 41, was found in the alligator’s mouth after being dragged by the 14-foot beast into a canal Friday in Largo, Clearwater. The official cause of his death has not yet been determined.
“No matter how you say it, no one deserves to die like this,” his daughter wrote on social media.
Two months before her death, Peckham was arrested on July 14 for trespassing in a county wetland, just a half-mile from where she was mutilated, reports WFLA. She was ordered to pay $500 for the incident.
This was not the first time she was apprehended for trespassing, as she has several offenses under her belt dating back to 2014, records show. Peckham also had a history of theft convictions and run-ins with police.
Several local residents spotted the gruesome sight of Peckham’s death Friday afternoon, and as the alligator dragged away its prey, they began recording the scene while alerting the Largo Fire Department.
Sabrina Peckham has been named as the homeless Florida woman who was mauled to death and dragged into a waterway by a massive alligator.
Sabrina Peckham (left) pictured with her daughter Breauna Dorris. Peckham, 41, was found in the alligator’s jaws after being dragged by the 14-foot beast into a canal Friday in Largo, Clearwater. The official cause of his death has not yet been determined.
Several local residents spotted the gruesome sight of Peckham’s death Friday afternoon, and as the alligator chased away its prey and began recording the scene while alerting the Largo Fire Department
Rescuers, along with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, managed to pull the alligator from the water before putting it down, with officials describing it as having been “humanely killed” following the horrific attack .
Peckham’s daughter, Breauna Dorris, announced the sad news on social media.
She wrote, in addition to publishing articles on the family’s life. GoFundMe: “The last 24 hours have been filled with heartache, sorrow and unbearable pain for our family.
“My mother, Sabrina Peckham, was the victim of an alligator attack in McCay Creek (Rainbow Village). Please understand that we do not have all the information yet as the medical examiners’ report has not yet been completed.
“Some details I would like to share are that my mother did not “taunt” the alligator as some say in media comments.
The Florida alligator was found with a corpse stuck in its jaws while it was moving down a canal near Clearwater.
Rescuers, along with the Florida FWC, were able to remove the alligator from the water and subsequently euthanize it.
“My mother was part of the homeless population who lived in the nearby wooded area. It is believed she may have been walking to or from her campsite near the creek in the dark and the alligator attacked her from the water.
“We expected to spend many more years with her. Unfortunately, God called her home sooner than our hearts were ready.
Dorris addressed her mother in a heartfelt statement: “To my mother: I love you more than I have ever expressed, I miss you more than you will ever know and I pray that you look high me and your grandchildren.
“Please protect us. I’m really sorry this happened to you. I pray that you will be at peace and no longer struggle or suffer. I pray that you have found mom and dad and are all looking down from above.’
Jennifer Dean, who lived near where the woman was killed, said: “A lot of my neighbors were here and they were the ones who told me about the alligator.
The 14-foot reptile held its victim tightly between its powerful jaws as it paddled down the waterway in the small town of Largo.
“While we were here we heard a gunshot, I guess they killed the alligator.”
Once the alligator was dead, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office was able to recover the victim’s body from the water.
“I could tell there was a body in his mouth, so I started recording,” JaMarcus Bullard told Bay News 9.
“I came to the firefighters and reported the incident to them,” he said.
Investigators also took time to examine the alligator, which measured nearly 14 feet long.
The deadly reptile is believed to have come from a nearby alligator-infested lake known as Ridgecrest Park.