Officers recount grim discovery of toddlers in submerged car


Orangeburg County, SC - ORANGEBURG, SC (WIS) - An Orangeburg mom is accused of suffocating her two young children and driving their bodies into the Edisto River in a murder case that has sent shockwaves through the entire state and nation.

Now, officers who had the grim task of recovering the toddlers bodies from the backseat of that car are speaking out.

"I'm angry about it," said Orangeburg Department of Public Safety Corporal Michael Fory. "I was on my way to see my kids off to their first day of school."

Fory's excitement to see his own kids turned on a dime when this call came in early Monday morning. Fory and Robert Warrington were first on the scene at the Edisto river.

Warrington approached one side of the car, and Fory took the other.

"Corporal Fory actually notified me what he saw, so that's how I knew somebody was in there," said Warrington.

Inside were 2-year-old Devean Duley and his little brother Ja'Van. "He stated to me that they were both submerged so at that point we started making entry into the back glass because I couldn't get the doors open at first because the water inside and outside equalized," said Warrington.

The boys' bodies were pulled from the car. Their mother later confessed she suffocated them before rolling their bodies into the river, and that's something these officers can't get off their minds.

"To go through that... It's my job to do that, but to go through that and know afterwards something may have been negligent or something bad had happened by someone else's hands just made it harder," said Fory.

Duley remains in custody after being arraigned on murder charges Wednesday. Duley's attorney says it's likely she'll have a psychiatric evaluation.

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