ORANGEBURG, S.C. — The bodies of two toddlers were recovered Monday from a car submerged in a South Carolina river and their mother was charged with leaving the scene as authorities investigated whether it was an accident.
Orangeburg County Sheriff Larry Williams said the boys, ages 1 and 2, were recovered from the North Edisto River after the car was found near a rural boat landing.
Their mother, whose name was not released, was being held Monday on a charge of leaving the scene of an accident, Williams said.
He said the Highway Patrol was notified about 6:15 a.m. Monday that there had been an accident and a woman needed help getting her children out of the car. Divers were brought to the scene.
The children, still strapped in their child seats, were dead when the car was lifted from the water about 45 minutes later, he said.
“Early in the investigation, the state patrol felt there was not enough indicators to substantiate that there was an automobile accident,” Williams said. “We are looking into all possibilities as to what happened.”
The woman, who did not have a cell phone, walked some distance down the country road by the boat landing and flagged down a passing motorist to call the Highway Patrol.
“She showed some emotion, but I can’t say she was overly distraught,” the sheriff said. “Through her statements, there are some things we think are not believable.”
I hope this isn’t another Susan Smith deal. We’ll have to wait and see what details emerge. Either way, may those little boys RIP.