Mom Arrested After 2 of Her 3 Children Drown in Locked SUV

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By Web Staff
March 12, 2019US News
Mom Arrested After 2 of Her 3 Children Drown in Locked SUV
Two children drowned in a creek in Leland, Mississippi after the car they were in rolled into the water, police said, on March 9, 2019. (Leland Police Department)

LELAND, Miss.—A 25-year-old Mississippi woman has been arrested after two of her three children drowned when she left them in a locked car and it rolled into a creek, authorities said on March 11.

On 3/11/2019, Jenea Payne was booked and charged at the Leland Police Department for an incident that occurred on…

Leland Police Department 发布于 2019年3月11日周一

The Clarion-Ledger reports Leland police charged Jenea Monique Payne on Monday with two counts of negligent homicide and one of child neglect after the weekend deaths.

Payne told investigators she left the children for five or 10 minutes while she went into a convenience store on Saturday.

Leland Police Department 发布于 2019年3月10日周日

Police officers rushed to Deer Creek, near the store, to find a white Nissan Pathfinder floating with the three kids trapped inside.

Leland Fire Chief Bobby Johnson and five other first responders jumped into the creek and tried to bust the windows of the car to get the children out.

“As the vehicle floated down the creek, these individuals ended up only being able to rescue one of the three kids before having to swim to safety,” the Leland Police Department said in a statement.

Two-year-old Raelynn Johnson was rescued that day. Four-year-old Steve Smith and 1-year-old Rasheed Johnson Jr. drowned in the vehicle, authorities said.

Leland Police Department 发布于 2019年3月10日周日

“The vehicle then drifted further down and into the creek. Leland volunteer firefighters probed the creek attempting to find the vehicle when a rescue dive team arrived and entered the water,” the department stated.

The vehicle wasn’t located again until 8 p.m., about two hours after the rescue.

It was eventually pulled out of the water by a tow truck. The boys were pronounced dead at 8:37 p.m.

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(Google Maps)

According to WJTV, investigators obtained the surveillance video from the store the mother went into and are reviewing the footage as part of the investigation.

Leland Police Chief Marcus Davis said Payne left the keys in the vehicle. Davis said investigators believe the 4-year-old put the keys in the ignition, turned the car on and put it in neutral, causing it to roll into the creek.

Davis could not explain why Payne would have left her sleeping children in a locked car with the keys inside or how the 4-year-old could have reached the brake to depress it in order to crank the SUV.

“We’ll look into it further,” he said.

Payne was free on bail.

She did not have an attorney as of Monday afternoon who could comment for her.

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Leland is about 85 miles (135 kilometers) northwest of Jackson.

NTD Reporter Zachary Stieber and The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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