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Body of 1-year-old swept away by floodwaters recovered, police say

It's a sad update to a tragic story

Photo of 1-year-old Kaiden Lee-Welch who was swept away in rushing waters from Richardson Creek on N.C.
Photo of 1-year-old Kaiden Lee-Welch who was swept away in rushing waters from Richardson Creek on N.C.

UNION COUNTY, N.C. – Rescue crews in North Carolina have recovered the body of a 1-year-old child after he was swept away in rushing waters Sunday night in Union County, WSOC reports. 

Kaiden Lee-Welch, 1, was in the car with his mother when their vehicle encountered rushing water flowing across the road. The vehicle left the roadway. 

Police said she managed to free herself and Kaiden, who was in a car seat, but lost her grip on him in the rushing water.

Numerous search crews and swift water rescue teams were working to find Kaiden, police said. 

The mother was rescued and taken to a hospital.

RESCUE MISSION STATUS - NC 218 Search and rescue teams spent several hours last night searching for the missing one...

Posted by Union County Sheriff's Office, Monroe, NC on Monday, September 17, 2018

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