Charges sought in SC case reminiscent of Susan Smith child murders (UPDATE: MOTHER CONFESSES)

Posted by: ST on August 17, 2010 at 9:14 am

I wrote about this briefly last night. The AP follows up this morning with a report that local law enforcement are seeking to press charges:

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) – Two young boys were pulled dead from the child seats in their car in a river and a South Carolina sheriff said Tuesday he expects to press murder charges against their mother.

Speaking on CBS'”Early Show,” Orangeburg County Sheriff Larry Williams said there were inconsistencies in the mother’s account that she’d been in an accident, such as her clothes being dry.

“For someone who had just plunged into the Edisto River here, of course, and had two children in the car, her clothing wasn’t damp,” Williams said of Shaquan Duley’s initial report.

The sheriff also noted that Duley, 29, walked some distance from the car to find help when there were nearby houses.

Williams said investigators were ready to present their case to a judge in hopes of getting murder charges against Duley, who was in custody Tuesday.

Duley was arrested Monday and was being held on a charge of leaving the scene of an accident after her two sons were found dead in a vehicle in the North Edisto River, still strapped into their car seats.

Autopsies were planned Tuesday on the bodies of 2-year-old Devean C. Duley and 18-month-old Ja’van T. Duley to determine how they died.

Neither Williams nor Coroner Samuetta Marshall returned telephone calls early Tuesday from The Associated Press.

Williams planned a news conference for 10 a.m. to discuss more details.

South Carolina’s The State news outlet has more:

Authorities are investigating how the car got into the river. Rails on the bridge did not appear damaged, and residents familiar with the area said the only way the car likely would have wound up in the river was by the only access, a boat landing at Shillings Bridge Road, adjacent to the bridge.

Stay tuned …

Update 1 – 12:05 PM: According to authorities, the mother has confessed:

South Carolina mother who claimed her children drowned when her car careened into a river was charged with murder Tuesday after authorities said she confessing to suffocating the two toddlers and then faking the accident.

Sheriff Larry Williams said 29-year-old Shaquan Duley told investigators she was distraught about her money troubles and unemployment and that she killed her killed her children by putting her hand over their mouths after a dispute with her own mother. He says Duley then strapped the children into her car and drove it into a river Monday morning.

“This was a young lady that was in trouble, in trouble in more ways than she realized,” Williams said. “She was in trouble and she didn’t know where to turn.”

Williams said the responsibilities of being a mother were simply too much for the mother, who didn’t show signs of remorse during an overnight interview with authorities.

May those little boys RIP, and I hope that their mother’s jail cell is wallpapered with their pictures from floor to ceiling.

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10 Responses to “Charges sought in SC case reminiscent of Susan Smith child murders (UPDATE: MOTHER CONFESSES)”


  1. doanli says:


  2. Zippy says:

    I can’t even imagine what could be going through someone’s sick mind to commit such a horrible crime. Tragic. Poor babies.

  3. Kate says:

    A truly horrific story! This woman must have been mentally deranged, although as we learned from the Susan Smith case, the cold and calculated methods proved to be for her own selfish desires. The kids were an inconvenience, so why not just get rid of them!!

    A statement of our sick society and breakdown of the family.

  4. JakeG says:

    Anything involving the death/harm of children makes the mercury in my angermeter go through the roof. This women should be strung up in the village square. Its another impressive reason why you should have to have a license to have children.

  5. Larry Woods says:

    It is beyond comprehension how an horrendous act of this kind can be committed again, in South Carolina…again! There is a crying need in this country for constant, fervent prayer. God have mercy on all of us.

  6. Zippy says:

    Updated reports are stating that she smothered those poor babies before the car rolled into the river. Apparently she was having financial problems. Unbelievable. Those poor babies.

  7. Mike Giles says:

    Susan Smith still in jail?
    Here’s her cellmate.
    They can keep each other company for the rest of their natural lives.

  8. Dana says:

    Williams said the responsibilities of being a mother were simply too much for the mother, who didn’t show signs of remorse during an overnight interview with authorities.

    OK, maybe they were. It is also legal, in every state in the union, to turn your children over to the state for adoption.

  9. A hideous story.

    I’ll never understand how a mother can murder her own children!

  10. Jo says:

    Poor children. That’s all you can say. No matter what happens to that idiot slob loser, the children are dead. Pitiful.