Clearwater, FL

Homeless Woman Mauled by 14-foot Alligator in Largo

Carl Belen
  • Sabrina Peckham, 41, was attacked and killed by a 14-foot alligator in Largo, Clearwater.
  • Peckham had been arrested two months prior for trespassing in a wetland near the attack site.
  • Local residents witnessed the attack and alerted the Largo Fire Department.

Sabrina Peckham, a 41-year-old homeless woman from Florida, was tragically killed by a massive 14-foot alligator in Largo, Clearwater. The alligator dragged her into a canal, where she was later found in its jaws. The exact cause of her death is still under investigation.

Interestingly, just two months before this tragic incident, Peckham had been arrested for trespassing in a county wetland located just half a mile from the site of the alligator attack. She was fined $500 for the trespassing incident. Records indicate that Peckham had a history of trespassing misdemeanors dating back to 2014, along with theft convictions and other encounters with law enforcement.

On the day of the attack, several local residents witnessed the horrifying scene. They began recording the incident and promptly alerted the Largo Fire Department. In response, emergency teams, in collaboration with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, intervened. They managed to extract the alligator from the water and subsequently euthanized it.

Peckham's daughter, Breauna Dorris, took to social media to share her grief and clarify that her mother did not provoke the alligator. She mentioned that her mother was part of the homeless community living nearby and might have been near the creek when the alligator attacked.

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