Body of baby boy found after mother ‘loses grip’ in Florence floodwaters

UNION CO., North Carolina — Authorities in Union County, North Carolina, say they’ve recovered the body of a baby who was swept from his mother’s arms by Florence floodwaters Sunday night.

According to the Union County Sheriff’s Office, the body of Kaiden Lee-Welch, 1, was found Monday morning.

Detectives believe the child was lost when his mother drove around barricades and then encountered rushing water flowing across the road. Her car left the road and came to rest among a group of trees.

The woman was able to free herself and Kaiden, who was in a car seat, but lost her grip on him in the rushing water.

The storm once known as Hurricane Florence has already killed 20 people, trapped hundreds more and made parts of the Carolinas impassable. But forecasters say the worst flooding is yet to come.

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