Children drown after mom leaves them alone in car outside Stop & Shop and it rolls into a creek: Report

Two siblings are dead and another child was rescued after the car they were in somehow rolled away from where it was parked near a Mississippi supermarket and into a creek.

The Clarion-Ledger reports that Steve Smith, 4, Rasheed Johnson Jr., 1, and Raelynn Johnson, 2, were left alone in a locked SUV while their mother went into a Stop & Shop in Leland on Saturday. The mother, 25-year-old Jenea Monique Payne, reportedly told police that the car was gone when she came out of the store, and had rolled into a creek across the street from where it had been parked.

Following a 911 call about the SUV floating in the creek, emergency responders — along with witnesses who saw the car and took action — reportedly tried to free the children from the car by breaking windows in the vehicle. But they were only able to rescue one of the children, Raelynn, before the SUV floated further down the creek and the rescuers had to swim away from imminent danger.

Hours later, according to the report, a dive team located the vehicle with the two boys inside, who were pronounced dead soon after.

The district attorney is considering whether to press charges against the mother, according to the Clarion-Ledger.

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