Houston, TX – On Tuesday afternoon, police found a toddler clinging to the body of her dead mother in a deep canal, according to CBS News.
A report from KDFM TV said that the mother was driving on an I-10 service road on Tuesday when she ‘encountered’ high water and turned into the parking lot of an office park.
Beaumont Fire Department Captain Brad Penisson said that the woman’s vehicle became disabled in the high water.
At that time Hurricane Harvey was pounding the area with up to two inches an hour of rain and winds up to 38 mph.
Witnesses said that the mother took her 18-month-old child out of the vehicle and tried to walk to safety when the swift current of a flooded drainage canal swept them away.
In a statement, the Beaumont Police Department said:
“The vehicle got stuck and the mother exited the car with the child. At some point she was swept into the canal and ended up floating about ½ mile from her vehicle. Two Beaumont Police Officers and two Beaumont Fire Rescue divers in a Zodiac boat, spotted the mother floating with the small child. The child was holding on to her mother.
The first responders got to the mother and child just before they went under a trestle. Water was up to the trestle and first responders would not have been able to save the child if they had floated under it.
Officers pulled the child and the mother into the boat and got them to the area of the 3700 block of Bayou . The mother was unresponsive. The child was responsive but suffering from hypothermia.
First responders took turn performing CPR until they could get her to an ambulance. Water was still high so a citizen helped by allowing first responders to load the mother and daughter in his truck and brought them all to a waiting ambulance at Laurel and 23rd St. The mother died but the child is in stable condition.
Names are being withheld until family has had time to notify other family and friends.”