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Sheriff's Office names mother suspect in death of children

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Shaquan Duley. (Source: Facebook) Shaquan Duley. (Source: Facebook)

ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WIS/WCSC) - Orangeburg County Sheriff Larry Williams didn't mince words with CNN's Nancy Grace Monday night as he told the anchor something doesn't seem right about the death of two toddlers who were found submerged in a car in the Edisto River.

Williams said the case "has a stench of foul play" as investigators found the car's gear in neutral, no skid marks at the scene and the mother's clothing was dry.

The Orangeburg County coroner released the names of two toddlers recovered from a car found submerged in the Edisto River. Coroner Samuetta Marshall identified them as 18-month-old Ja'van T. Duley and 2-year-old Devean C. Duley, both of Orangeburg.

The children's mother, 29-year-old Shaquan Duley, is being interviewed by the Orangeburg County sheriff's department. She has been detained by deputies and charged with leaving the scene of an accident.

Williams said that rescue crews found two toddlers, ages 1 and 2, strapped in their car seats trapped inside a Chrysler sedan. The toddlers, both boys, were found shortly before 7 a.m. Monday.

"There were children inside of the vehicle. As a recovery effort a dive team was contacted to assist in recovering the children from the car," Orangeburg County Sheriff Larry Williams said.

A witness who lives close to the boat ramp said the car floated from the boat landing to her house and she watched rescue workers pull two little boy's bodies from the car. The witness said she overheard investigators saying the ignition was left on when they opened the car door in the water.

"She left the location. She walked away from the vehicle, maybe three-quarters of a mile away, where she contacted someone to report that she had been in an accident," Williams said.

Sheriff Williams says the mother seemed to be concerned, and when deputies got to her she had debris on her body to suggest she had been in the water too.

"She seemed to be emotional about what happened, but this is too early for me to give total report at this time," he said.

Further charges could be pending which seem to depend on investigators being able to prove the woman was in an accident that sent the car into the river.

"The patrol felt there was not enough physical evidence, vehicle evidence which could determine the vehicle had been in an automobile accident," Williams said.

They say the mother is from Orangeburg County, and she has a third child. No word on the father of the deceased kids.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol responded to a call at 6:40 a.m. from the mother about an accident. The Highway Patrol asked the Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office to respond.

Orangeburg sheriff's deputies had Shillings Bridge Road closed down for most of the morning while trying to retrieve the green Dodge Intrepid from the river.

No cause of death has been released and an autopsy has been scheduled for Tuesday.

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