August 18th, 2010
10:33 PM ET

SC mom makes tearful court appearance

Shaquan Duley made a tearful first appearance Wednesday in a South Carolina courtroom to face murder charges in the deaths of her two toddler sons, her lawyer said.

Handcuffed and dressed in orange jail coveralls, Duley sniffled and sobbed through her arraignment, which lasted less than three minutes. She entered no plea to the charges, and no date was set for her next appearance.

Duley faces two counts of murder in the deaths of her two sons, 1-year-old Ja'van Duley and 2-year-old Devean Duley. Investigators said Duley, 29, was unemployed, single and apparently fed up with criticism from her mother when she smothered her children, strapped their lifeless bodies into car seats and submerged her car in the Edisto River.

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  1. misty

    YOU KNOW THIS WOMAN NEEDS TO BE PUT IN A CAR AND DONE THE SAME WAY INSTEAD OF WASTEING TAX DOLLARS ON HER FAT ASS. WHEN THERE IS PLENTY OF PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO WOULD HAVE TAKEN THOSE BABIES AND LOVED THEM INSTEAD OF KILLING THEM SHE IS NOTHING BUT A PIECE OF TRASH THAT HAS BEEN LIVING OFF THE GOVERNMENT AND WILL STILL DO THE SAME THING IN PRISION!!!!!

    August 20, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. debra

    now that's a real mother f -ker!

    August 20, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. cpanthony

    This is a woman who needs help. The only thing worse than not being able to provide for your children is to have someone in your ear constantly telling you what a failure you are. None of us know what she was/is going through. I have a mother like this woman has. The only thing that saved me is that I have grand parents and great grand parents that supported me. Obviously all she had was people who put her down and tore her apart instead of helping her. And as for the comment about her living off the government if you listened to the complete story she was denied government assistance. And her ex refused to pay child support. So get the facts straight before passing judgement. Unless you are in someones shoes you don't know how you will react.

    August 21, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Emma

    This woman needs to be jailed for life. She suffocated her babies. For over five minutes she held each baby boy down and suffocated him. This story made me cry and hug my babies. I don't care WHAT her excuse was. Nothing can justify hurting or killing a child...let alone your own babies. Forced sterilization. You have one kid and suck as a mother then you don't get to have any more.

    August 23, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Brandy

    People should have to obtain a license, and get a mental eval to get pregnant!this is disgusting and horrible. Life with out parole is the only answer death would be to easy!

    November 11, 2010 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |