August 17, 2010 by staff
Shaquan Duley, ORANGEBURG, SC – A South Carolina sheriff says he hopes a judge will approve the murder charges against a woman whose children were found dead in a car in a river.
Orangeburg County Sheriff Larry Williams told CBS “Early Show” on Tuesday that investigators are ready to present their case before a judge with the hope of murder charges against 29-year-old Shaquan Duley.
Duley was arrested Monday on charges of leaving the scene of an accident after their children were found dead in a vehicle in the river, still attached to his car seat.
Williams says there were questions about the account of the mother who was involved in an accident and could not take the children out of the car.
Autopsies are planned Tuesday on the bodies of two years Devean C. Duley and 18 months old Ja’van T. Duley to determine how they died.
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ORANGEBURG, South Carolina (AP) – Two young children killed were dragged from their seats in the car dipped and South Carolina authorities expressed doubts about the account of the mother it was an accident.
Two years Devean C. Duley and 18 months old Ja’van T. Duley were killed in their seats for children by the time the divers got in the car on Monday near a rural landing, the Orangeburg County Sheriff Larry Williams said. Marshall County Coroner Samuetta would not speculate on the cause of death until the autopsy was completed Tuesday, and police were trying to determine whether their deaths were accidental.
children’s mother, 29-year-old Shaquan Duley, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and it was unclear if he had a lawyer.
But Williams said that early in the investigation, the State Patrol officers to feel the facts do not support the existence of an accident.
“We are studying all possibilities as to what happened,” the sheriff said.
Highway Patrol was notified about 6:15 am that a woman needed help for their children in a car. Shaquan Duley, who did not have a cell phone, he had walked some distance across the country by road to the pier and flagged down a passing motorist to call the Highway Patrol.
The sheriff said investigators were studying how a traffic accident may have happened at the boat ramp, about 20 meters upstream from a main road which crosses the North Edisto River in Orangeburg, about 35 miles south of Columbia , the state capital.
“She showed some emotion, but I can not say I was too anxious,” said Williams of Shaquan Duley. “Through their statements, there are some things we think are not credible.”
Williams scheduled a news conference for 10 am on Tuesday to discuss details of the case. KEISA sheriff’s spokeswoman said Tuesday that Peterson was not aware of additional charges.
A woman who watched the divers carry the limp bodies of the small car near his home said he could not understand why the mother of the kids do not knock on his door for help. Milhouse Ramona, whose side porch door is steps from the river, said on Monday initially thought the boys were unconscious, until they realized that their bodies were being taken to the ambulance with no attempt to revive.
“It sounds fishy to me,” said Milhouse 81 years of age. “If it was an accident, the woman would have been here screaming and hollerin ‘and really raise the devil.”
The story is reminiscent of a famous case of South Carolina in 1994. Susan Smith left her children for three years and 14 months old, strapped in the seat of his car as she rolled her car into a lake in Union County in the northwestern part of the state. She was convicted in his death and is serving a life sentence.
Milhouse said that when she and her husband woke up and looked out, and rescue teams were in the car, and she could see a child’s head above water. The car had to come from the pier, on the other side of a concrete bridge adjacent to their property, and the lazy river, “said Milhouse, who lived full time in the house on the river about 35 years.
“It’s really low,” she said, so it could have taken a while.
The car windows were up, and heard the rescuers say the explosion was underway. She saw that the car was withdrawn by the middle of the river and dragged towards the bridge of a crane.
Williams said officials were trying to contact the parent of children not living with the family.
In addition to Milhouse, a mobile home and a garage are also nearby.
Local residents said they were also suspected.
Shakeyia Baxter said the main road was heavily traveled in the morning and have been especially busy on Monday – the first day of school. Baxter stopped by the boat ramp, which is full of empty beer cases and discarded soda bottles on his way home from work to put silk flowers in a sign that warns of high levels of mercury in fish . Lily pads dotted the dirty water from the track, and the mosquitoes swarmed.
“My heart is with them,” said Baxter, a mother of 30 years of age of two. “I have been doing everything possible to get those kids out of that seat of the car.”
Bruce Smith in Charleston AP contributed to this story.
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