Shivering Texas toddler found clinging to drowned mom in Harvey floodwaters

Michele Moreno
August 31, 2017

According to police in Beaumont, Texas, two hours northeast of Houston, one Texas mother has died after trying to save her infant daughter amid the rushing waters.

Emergency officials say they saw the girl in the water clinging to her mother.

When police and fire service rescuers reached them, they found the mother unresponsive, while the child suffered from hypothermia.

The tragedy happened when the mother, 41, got stuck in the floods in Beaumont as she tried to flee in her auto.

Two firefighters and two police officers were among those who caught the Beaumont residents just before they were about to be swept under a railway trestle. "Everyone in the hospital fell in love with her", Officer Carol Riley, a spokeswoman for the department, told People magazine. But as she walked through the water with her child in her arms, a sudden powerful current from an overflowing drainage canal close to the parking lot swept them away.

The vehicle then became stuck and the mother exited the auto with her daughter. "Water was up to the trestle and first responders would not have been able to save the child if they had floated under it", the report added.

Rescuers performed CPR on Sulcer but could not revive her. "The baby also had a backpack that was helping her float on her back, and she was holding on to her mom". According to Riley, it was clear that the toddler survived because her mother prioritized her child's safety over hers. However, police officials said they were withholding the identities of the child and her dead 41-year-old mother until the father returns. The name of the child, who remained hospitalized Wednesday in stable condition, was not released.

Harvey has drawn comparisons with Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans 12 years ago, killing 1,800 people and causing an estimated $108 billion in damage. Mother saved 18-month-old daughter's life.

As Tropical Storm Harvey travels inland toward Louisiana and continues to flood Texas, the death toll too has continued to rise.

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