Orangeburg (US): A mother who claimed her
children drowned when their car careened into a river was
charged with murder on Tuesday after authorities said she confessed
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 money troubles and
unemployment and that she 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 last morning.
"This was a young lady that was in trouble, in trouble in
more ways than she realised," 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 Duley, who didn`t show signs of remorse
during an overnight interview with authorities.
Two-year-old Devean C Duley and 18-month-old Ja`van T
Duley were dead in their child seats by the time divers got to
the car yesterday near a rural boat landing on the North
Edisto River in Orangeburg, some 55 kilometres south of
Columbia, the state capital.
The Highway Patrol was notified around 6:15 am (local
time) yesterday that a woman needed help getting her children
out of a car. Duley, who did not have a cell phone, had walked
some distance down the country road by the boat landing and
flagged down a passing motorist to call the Highway Patrol.