Harvey horror: Toddler found clinging to drowned mother

Aug 31, 2017, 01:22
Harvey horror: Toddler found clinging to drowned mother

Penisson said a witness saw the woman take her daughter and try to walk to safety when the swift current of a flooded drainage canal next to the parking lot swept them both away.

The water was so high, Riley said, that they required the help of a resident who allowed them to load the woman and the girl into his truck in order to reach the waiting ambulance, she said. Her daughter was awake but suffering from hypothermia when she was rescued.

A toddler is in stable condition in Texas after she was found clinging to her drowned mother's body in a flooded canal during Tropical Storm Harvey. "Everyone in the hospital fell in love with her", Officer Carol Riley, a spokeswoman for the department, told People magazine.

CBS affiliate KFDM-TV said the woman was killed while trying to carry her child to safety near Interstate 10, making it the first storm-related fatality occurring in the Golden Triangle, which is the area between the cities of Beaumont, Port Arthur, and Orange.

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Penisson said that when police and firefighters caught up to them about a half-mile downstream, the shivering toddler was still holding onto her mother.

The woman was reportedly driving with her daughter when they encountered high waters. "Water was up to the trestle and first responders would not have been able to save the child if they had floated under it".

"But it's heart-wrenching to think of her growing up without her mother". Rescuers were able to save the child, police said, but Sulcer never regained consciousness.

'The baby also had a backpack that was helping her float on her back and she was holding on to her mom, ' she added.

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The latest tragic report from southeast Texas comes amid news that at least 30 people have died since Friday as a direct result of Harvey.

Neighboring Louisiana is set to bear the brunt of the tropical storm's massive downpours today, with flash flood warnings in place across the entire state.

On Tuesday, only hours after Sulcer was found dead, Riley told PEOPLE the devoted mother "absolutely saved the child's life".

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