Searchers Find Body Of Boy Swept Away In Union County Flood Waters

Sep 17, 2018

Kaiden Lee-Welch was swept away in flood waters Sunday night in Union County, according to authorities.
Credit Union County Sheriff's Office

The Union County Sheriff's Office says it has recovered the body of a missing 1-year-old boy who was swept away in flood waters last night. 

 Kaiden Lee-Welch was swept away after deputies believe his mother drove around barricades on a flooded section of highway 218 in the northeast part of the county heading toward Wadesboro.

Her vehicle was swept off the road and stopped near a group of trees. She was able to free herself but lost her grip on her son in the rushing water. The Union County Sheriff's Office says this area remains a hazard due to flooding.  

Florence is also being blamed for at least one other death in the Charlotte region. A tree fell on a mobile home in Gaston County near Dallas Sunday, killing 3-month old Kade Gill. 

The Gaston Gazette reports Kade Gill and his mother Tammy Gill were on the couch when the tree crashed through their home off Old Willis School Road. 

The tree landed between the kitchen and living room of the home and pinned the boy against the air conditioning unit. According to the newspaper, Tammy Gill was treated for non-life threatening injuries.