August 17th, 2010
12:10 PM ET

Police: South Carolina mother admits to suffocating children

Unemployed, single and apparently fed up with criticism from her mother, a 29-year-old Orangeburg, South Carolina, woman suffocated her two toddlers with her bare hands before strapping them into car seats and submerging her car in a river, authorities said Tuesday.

Shaquan Duley is facing two counts of murder in the deaths of her sons, ages 1 and 2, said Orangeburg County Sheriff Larry Williams. She is set to appear in court Wednesday.

"She was a mother that was unemployed. She had no means of taking care of her children," Williams told reporters. "She lives with her mother and her mother was a very, I guess, firm individual. ... She often talked with her daughter about, I guess, maybe being more of a mother or being more reliable."

Mother and daughter argued the night before the children's bodies were found early Monday in Duley's Chrysler sedan, submerged in the Edisto River, he said.


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  1. FredC

    That's just terrible and sad. To think there were no alternatives was a horrible, horrible mistake.

    August 17, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  2. Kevin

    The absence of education about alternatives, the absence of mentoring for young mothers, especially young single mothers, the expanding void of mental health support for our nation's mentally troubled population, even the absence of traditional family infrastructure add up to an ever increasing dysfunctional America. This inconceivably heartless murder is the extreme tip of a rotten iceberg. Pray that these innocents are at peace at last.
    PS. For somebody who was so tapped out, it certainly doesn't appear that she missed any of her meals. Now the taxpayers will be picking up the check.

    August 17, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • tonya

      Totally agree!! I am from that place. And to think that she thought of no other options than to kill her children is so heartbreaking.

      August 17, 2010 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ThThite

    Hahaha, making a huge deal by driving a car into water and bringing it up, she should've just done them away and put them in the trash can. Trash day comes, pull an Arizona "oh no my children are missing woe is me". Get publicity, get pitty, easy way out. Figures a stupid woman would take such a way out.

    August 17, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  4. mike

    This is more than just a mistake. This is what our society has come to. Such unbelievable amounts of selfishness and complete lack of responsibility. It is embedded in our "culture" and comes to this. This had absolutely nothing to do with her children, and everything to do with how she felt about her situation. If this was about them, she would do anything to get them the things she needed. Instead she kills them to ease her own guilt about messing up and instead of owning up to it and doing something about it, she takes the easy way out.

    August 17, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  5. Christina

    It was God's will that this would happen, praise me His name. He needed 2 more children in heaven and he now has them in his loving arms. This is not a tragedy, this is just another one of God's great gifts to us and to those children.

    August 17, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Star2117

      Killing a child is not a tragedy? THis is what your God tell you to do... really? That makes me sick, almost as much as what this woman did!

      August 17, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Derfel

      I understand the point Christina is trying to make, though in poor taste. She is not stating that "god" actually condoned this tragedy but the fact many people use religion to justify the unjustifiable or the unexplainable.

      August 18, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Kevin

    Christina scares me more than this perpetrator, at least she is in prison. There never has been a God who would condone what this nut professes.

    August 17, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  7. jvmfan

    I wish these people would stop breeding. Seriously!! They should require permits for parenthood. There is a show called "Issues" on Headline news channel that will have a special show on this tonight. They will interview people close to the story.Issues is on every night and has been one of the few shows to cover this story on TV.

    August 17, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. aj

    Of course she blames her mother.

    August 17, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Xcal

      Only because she can't find a good reason to blame it on white people.

      August 17, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • boomer

      It's ALWAYS someone else's fault.

      August 17, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. twiceborn

    I totally agree with Kevin and Mike.

    August 17, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bishop

    defintly give her life in prison, with nochance of parole, the hell with theropy its just a bunch of talk,

    August 17, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mary

    Some of these comments are just evil. Those poor babies are in a better place now but it is a shame how they had to get there. And it is a shame how some people are reacting toward this situation.

    August 17, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • manda

      I so agree......that's the problem now.......everbody wants to put the race card in everything........everything isn't always about people aren't the only ones killing innocent kids.......I know of several people that have killed their kids and they weren't black.......people need to get a life.....

      August 18, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. anadja30

    XCal – how is race even in this? This woman happens to be black, but women of all colors, unfortunately, do this. Please stop playing the victim card...I feel confident that you personally know no blacks, otherwise you would not have made such a stupid and pointless comment.

    August 17, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. blue

    The sad part, aside from the loss of life of two innocents, is I'm hearing hints that the defense will be insanity. I must have missed when selfish became a symptom of insanity. But hey, she was a good mother, according to the sheriff, she just had a bad day, the result no doubt of a lousy childhood, blah, blah. If these kinds of things are going to be whitewashed, as it were by society, then having a bad childhood will forever be seen as a viable reason for becomming a criminal. The focus here certainly isn't on improving morality and intellect in poorer areas, or even admitting it, it's about protecting the poor disadvantaged woman who just happened to murder two innocent children. Would you still feel sorry for her if it were your kids this poor disadvantaged woman murdered because they bugged her?

    August 17, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ij

    I think this is a huge tragedy. I understand that as a parent we go through tough times, especially in this economy. But there is no reason that justifies taking the life of 2 children. There is always a way out, always! Killing is not going to solve the bigger problem that is at hand.

    August 17, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jack

    Why do black people have kids anyway????????

    August 18, 2010 at 3:55 am | Report abuse |
    • manda

      This is such a stupid questioon..............................the question should be y are some people so dang ignorant????? This is 2010 ill be so glad when people stop playing the race card......rather u know it or not EVERYONE IS CREATED EQUAL.

      August 18, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • CAJ

      XCal=Stupid, cat=Stupider, Jack=Stupidest .....WOW it just amazes me how ignorant some people are...Did you ask why do white people have kids anyway when Susan Smith did the very same thing 16 years ago and blamed it on a black man? Or when Adrea Yates drowned all 5 of her kids because Satan told her to?? The three of you need to grow up...These are very sick people period and I only wish that they would have dropped those children off somewhere safe killing them was not a last option...So sad and my heart goes out to all of the children who have been killed been killed especially by their parents (WHITE, BLACK, ASIAN, HISPANIC etc.)

      August 18, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Derfel

      CAJ, you're correct about the ignorance of these people. It is startling and frightening. The only comfort is that most of these people feel empowered by the anonymity of the internet and simply enjoy bating people. Their real crime is that they use forum of this tragedy to do so.

      August 18, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |