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Mum's pics of son in water an hour before alligator attack

A WOMAN has shared photos of her son playing in the water of the Disney Lagoon an hour before toddler Lane Graves was attacked and killed by an alligator.

Jennifer Venditti from Massachusetts posted photos of her young son Channing, standing in the water of the Seven Seas Lagoon at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Orlando.

An hour later, toddler Lane Graves was wading in the water of the same lagoon with his parents Melissa and Matthew and older sister when he was grabbed by an alligator.

"PRAY, PRAY so hard for the family & for those who witnessed this tragic event," Ms Venditti wrote on Facebook.

"I took these pics at the exact spot this happened betw 8 & 830, the incident happened at 9.

"Helicopters flew overhead til 1 am and were back around dawn. I can't imagine anyone could sleep knowing that the helicopter was searching for a missing child taken by an alligator."

It was reported Mr Graves had attempted to pry is son Lane from the alligator's jaws. 

"I can't help but wonder if we played with him, did I talk to his Mom? How does one go home without your baby in tow?" Ms Vendetti said.

While "no swimming" signs are erected on the beach, they reportedly do not warn guests to be aware of alligators.

"I've already seen posts criticizing the parents. I can assure you alligators were not on my mind at all when Channing was in the water.

"It's a tiny beach, surrounded by pools, water slides, a restaurant and a fire pit.

"I can't conceive that an alligator would be in such a busy, small space. ‪#‎judgelesspraymore‬," Ms Vendetti wrote.

Disney told media it will "thoroughly review" its signs after the tragedy and amid mounting criticism.