Mother, first responders grieve 1-year-old boy killed in flood waters

- Rescue teams in Union County say there were a lot of successful rescues this weekend, but the loss of a one-year-old boy along Highway 218 is sticking with them.

The road remains closed with these barricades until further notice because it’s so heavily damaged.

FOX 46 was told the barricades were up Sunday night when the rescue took place, but right now, Highway Patrol is investigating to see if someone may have moved these before the mother and her one-year-old child drove through.

“This is pretty unbelievable what all has happened,” Union County Sheriff Tony Underwood said. 

Sheriff Underwood was given the tough task of notifying a mother desperate for news about her missing son, Kaiden, that he was found dead. 

LINK: Body of 1-year-old swept up in flood waters found in Union County

Kaiden's mother, Dazia Lee, stood along a washed out portion of Highway 218 on Monday feeling helpless. 

"I just got a call from the Sheriff that they found Kaiden and unfortunately he passed away."

Kaiden was with his mother Sunday night as she drove down the flooded road. Her car was washed away into a field, finally coming to rest against some trees.

Dazia says she gave everything trying to hold onto her son against the quick moving flood waters.

"I lost my blood to me and someone who made to me happy every day. Now I can't even wake up to see him. I can't hold him. I can’t even play with him anymore because he's gone. God is just watching him and God is just taking care of him now," she said. 

RAW VIDEO: Mother of baby swept away by flood waters opens up on son's death

The loss not easy for this young mother, as well as first responders from New Salem, who say the water was at least 10 feet deep Sunday night. 

"As a father myself that is not something we want to go to any day of the week. It's something we got to take home now. It's something in our memory,” New Salem Fire Chief John Moore said. 

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