UNION COUNTY, N.C. (WRAL/WAVY) — Searchers have found the body of a child who was swept out of a flooded car Sunday night in Union County, North Carolina, authorities say.
According to WXII, authorities rescued the mother of 1-year-old Kaiden Lee-Welch, who is now in the hospital. Search efforts to find Lee-Welch resumed Monday morning.
Authorities said hours after the search effort continued that Kaiden’s body had been found.
The sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post that detectives believe Lee-Welch’s mother drove around barricades on the state highway, and continued driving until she ran into floodwaters. Her car left the road and came to a rest among a group of a trees.
According to the post, she managed to free herself and Kaiden — who was in a car seat — but she lost her grip of him in the rushing water.
At least 17 people have been confirmed dead from Florence, and officials warn several North Carolina rivers could reach record or near-record crests starting later Monday.
A mother and her infant child were killed after a tree fell on their house, according to Wilmington police.
The U.S. Coast Guard said Monday that crews had rescued nearly 200 people and more than 90 pets in North Carolina since Florence’s landfall.