2 Children Drown When Mom’s Locked SUV Rolls Into Miss. Creek After She Left Them To Go Shopping [Video]

One child was rescued but two drowned after the SUV their mother left them in while running into a store rolled into a creek Saturday in Leland. Jenea Monique Payne, 25, mother of the three children, told Leland po-lice that she left her children in the vehicle while she went into Stop-N-Shop. Payne said when she came out of the store she saw that her vehicle was gone and had rolled into Deer Creek, which is across the street from the store.

Payne said that her two sons, Steve Smith, 4, and Rasheed Johnson Jr., 1, and her daughter, Raelynn Johnson, 2, were locked inside the vehicle. Payne’s daughter was the only child who survived.

According to the Leland Po-lice Department Facebook page, around 5:45 p.m. Saturday a 911 call came in about a white Nissan Pathfinder that was floating in Deer Creek around the 100 block of North Main Street with three children inside.

After arriving on the scene, Leland po-lice said the Leland F-ire Department had already located the vehicle with the children trapped inside.

Leland F-ire Chief Bobby Johnson and firefighter Sara Hester were on the scene, but not before some teens — Jacob Humphrey and his brother Seth Humphrey and C.J. Holland and bystander Austin Macklemore — jumped into action, according to Hester.

Attempts were made to b-reak the windows, authorities said. As the vehicle floated down the creek, one child was able to be pulled out before rescuers had to swim to safety. The vehicle then drifted further down the creek.

Leland firefighters probed the creek attempting to find the vehicle when a rescue dive team arrived and entered the water, authorities said. The vehicle was found at 8 p.m.

The SUV was pulled from the water by Venutti Towing with the two boys still inside, authorities said. The boys were positively identified as Payne’s sons. Washington County Coroner Melton Johnson pronounced both boys d-ead at the scene at 8:37 p.m.

Assistant Po-lice Chief Marcus Davis said Monday that the po-lice department will present the case to the district attorney’s office who will decide if charges will be filed.

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