Search continues for 1-year-old after vehicle caught in floodwaters in NC

Search continues for 1-year-old after vehicle caught in floodwaters in NC

UNION COUNTY, NC (WBTV/RNN) - Search and rescue teams said they will continue searching for a child swept away in floodwaters Sunday.

The Union County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post Monday that they had searched for Kaiden Lee-Welch for several hours unsuccessfully but were continuing this morning.

"Union County Sheriff's detectives believe the child and his mother were traveling east on N.C. 218 going toward Wadesboro," said a spokesperson via Facebook. "The mother drove around the barricades on NC 218 and continued traveling east until her vehicle encountered rushing water flowing across the road.

"Her vehicle left the roadway and came to rest amongst a group of trees. She managed to free herself and Kaiden, who was in a car seat, but lost her grip on him in the rushing water."

The rescue operation began around 8:30 p.m.

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