Punching, kicking dad frees son, 6, from jaws of 8-foot gator - FOX 35 News Orlando

Punching, kicking dad frees 6-year-old son from jaws of 8-foot alligator

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BOYNTON BEACH, Florida -- A 6-year-old Florida boy suffered minor injuries after being attacked by an 8-foot-long alligator in shallow water, officials say.

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Joey Welch of Pompano Beach fell Friday afternoon into the water at the edge of a boat ramp in the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge.

Officials say the boy's father and other bystanders hit and kicked the alligator until it released the child. He was treated at a hospital for cuts and bruises to his right arm, shoulder and chest. His father had a bruised right hand from punching the alligator.

The federal agency said Monday that trappers captured and killed the 8-foot-long alligator.

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