Kaiden Lee-Welch died after he was ripped from his mother's arms in rising floodwaters.
A mother is mourning the loss of her 1-year-old child who was found dead after being swept away by rushing waters in Union County on Sunday.
Spokesman Tony Underwood said a woman and her child were on their way to visit relatives when she drove past some barricades on N.C. Highway 218 in northern Union County.
According to the Associated Press, the woman continued traveling east until she encountered rushing floodwaters, which swept her vehicle off the road and pinned it against a row of trees.
"She managed to free herself and Kaiden, who was in a auto seat, but lost her grip on him in the rushing water", deputies said. That's when her vehicle was swept off the road. It was then when Lee lost her grip on her son and he drifted away, the news station reported.
"I couldn't hold on anymore, and he let go", Kaiden's mother, Dazia Lee, told FOX 46. Officials say they're unsure if he was trying to get out of the auto. Investigators said there were barricades on the road, which was flooded by nearby Richardson Creek. "There is no access to Wilmington". "Our thoughts and prayers for the little boy's family and all the search team members and law enforcement officers who helped in this matter".
CBS News reports the storm has already claimed 17 lives and still has over a half million people without power in North and SC.