Toddler dies after car submerged in high floodwater

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A two-year-old boy is dead after the car he was in became submerged in floodwater in Wabash County.

According to Indiana State Police, they were called to C.R. 925 South, just east of S.R. 13 around 1:40 p.m. on Thursday on reports of a car submerged with people inside. 

Investigators say 22-year-old Anthonitte Carter of Indianapolis was driving a Chevrolet Impala on C.R. 925 south when she passed a high water sign. The sign was posted on the shoulder warning drivers of possible flooding due to multiple days of rain. 

Carter allegedly did not see the sign and drove into water that covered the road. Shortly after the car went into the water, it was carried by the current and became completely submerged. 

Police say Carter escaped the car, but her two-year-old son Eric Long was unable to get out. Carter tried to rescue her son, but could not free him. Officers from the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department had to then rescue Carter as she did not know how to swim.  

Indiana conservation divers located the car in approximately eight feet of water. The toddler was found dead inside the car.

The incident is under investigation. 

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