Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Shaquan Duley Confesses to Suffocating Children, Staging Their Accidental Deaths
Twenty-nine-year-old Shaquan Duley now faces two counts of murder for the deaths of 18-month-old Ja'van T. Duley and 2-year-old Devean C. Duley, Orangeburg County Sheriff Larry.
Shaquan Duley suffocated the two children by holding her hand over their mouths at a local motel. She then strapped them into the car seats and drove around until she found a place to get rid of their bodies.
Shaquan may have been suffering from post-partum depression. She may have felt that being a mother of three children was too much for her wanted be free from the responsibilities of Motherhood.
Investigators said Duley was broke, out of work and estranged from the toddlers' father. She and her children -- the two boys and a 5-year-old daughter -- were living with her mother in Orangeburg, about 35 miles south of Columbia. The daughter had been left with her grandmother.
I think about the innocent children and their terror and pain and don't want to imagine the last seconds of their lives. Imourn for the smiles these children will never smile and the dreams they never realized.