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ORANGEBURG, SOUTH CAROLINA
"IT HAS THE STENCH OF FOUL PLAY"
Sheriff Larry Williams
Shaquan Duley, of Orangeburg, was charged with leaving the scene of an
accident and was being held Monday night at the Orangeburg-Calhoun
Regional Detention Center. Her two sons, 18 month old Ja'van T. Duley
and brother Devean C. Duley, 2 years old, both died, strapped to their
child seats when their mother's vehicle became submerged either
by accident (as she claims), or by design, purposefully, in the river.
Shaquan Duley was not even wet.
2010 - August 16 - Orangeburg County, S.C.
Sheriff Larry Williams
"The incident began around 6:00a.m., when the South Carolina Highway Patrol
was called to the Shillings Bridge Road boat ramp. Once at the scene, troopers,
believing it was more than an accident, called for assistance. The Orangeburg
County dive team arrived shortly after and discovered the bodies of the two
children trapped inside the car."
"The dead children, both boys, were recovered from the North Edisto River
after the car was found near a boat landing early today."
The State Highway Patrol was notified about 6:15 a.m. today that there had been
an accident and a woman needed help getting her children out of the car, which
was sinking in the middle of the river. Divers were brought to the scene, and when
the car was lifted from the water about 45 minutes later, the two toddlers were found,
dead, still strapped in their child seats."
"The woman had reported that the children were involved in an accident, but there were
no signs the car had skidded off the road and into the water. The car, a Chrysler sedan,
entered the water from a boat ramp.
Early in the investigation, the state patrol felt there was not enough indicators to
substantiate that there was an automobile accident. My officers agreedd. My
staff were out and they looked at what was there, they felt it wasn't an accident
either. They are giving broad thoughts to other issues. They didn't have any
evidence of a vehicle accident."
"We are looking into all possibilities as to what happened."
"The woman, who did not have a cell phone, left the scene and walked nearly
a mile before she flagged down a passing motorist to call the police. She was
arrested and is being held on a charge of leaving the scene of an accident,
although additional charges may be filed."
"She showed some emotion, but I can't say she was overly distraught.Through
her statements, there are some things we think are not believable."
"I can't confirm reports that the key was still in the car's ignition, but the car
apparently was in neutral. Duley didn't appear wet. She didn't have any
evidence that she had been submerged in the water."
She said she was going down road and lost control of vehicle and happened to
be at juncture where boat ramp was. However, there's no evidence that she
ran off the road at any time."
The boys' father, who doesn't live at the same residence as the children,
has been interviewed by investigators. I don't know the father's whereabouts
at the time of the incident.
Duley has a third child, a 5-year-old daughter, who was at the home of her
maternal grandmother where they all lived."
"The case is "very emotional for my guys," and I am trying to keep them focused
on the investigation, "and not be swayed by what they saw."
Ramona Millhouse (Witness)
"One of them carried a little boy off to the ambulance and then there was a
girl working with them and she took the other little boy off the stretcher and
she carried him to the ambulance. Where was the mother? If those we my
kids, I would have been there screaming and yelling."
A witness said she overheard investigators saying the ignition was left on when they
opened the car door in the water.
Shakeyia Baxter placed flowers at the location.
"I didn't know the two boys, but I came because I am a mother of two children
myself. I pray for her and I pray for the family. And we all know the kids are in
a better place right now."