A 6-month-old baby pulled from a submerged vehicle in North Carolina has died and charges are pending against the mother, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol.
Alyssa Mattson, 19, and the baby were pulled from a Wake County pond in Knightdale on Wednesday night, Feb. 28.
The baby was taken to the hospital but pronounced dead upon arrival. His death was announced on Thursday morning, reported ABC11. Mattson’s condition is unknown.
North Carolina State Highway Patrol troopers said that Mattson was speeding on Forestville Road, driving south, when she passed another car in a no-passing zone and lost control of her car.
The vehicle skidded off of the road and into the pond, quickly becoming submerged.
“There is a car that cleared a double lane, lost control of its car and went over the ditch,” a caller told a 911 dispatcher, reported WRAL.
“So a lady came around the corner at the pond right here, and she slammed on the brakes and I haven’t gone down there yet, but she is screaming bloody murder,” another caller told a 911 dispatcher.
“I don’t know what is going on, I’m scared to drive down there because it’s a dangerous corner, but she is screaming. It looks like a couple of people have stopped now, but we definitely need somebody sent out here.”
Mattson was able to get out of the 2003 Infiniti and swim to shore, but the baby stayed submerged until rescuers got him out.
The child was in a car seat in the backseat.
Eight firefighters were treated for hypothermia after diving into the cold water without any gear.
The firefighters pulled the baby from the car and tried to resuscitate him at the scene, but the boy was declared dead upon arrival at the hospital.
Charges are pending against Mattson, the Highway Patrol told the News & Observer.
It’s not clear what the charges will be.
According to Mattson’s Facebook profile, she’s from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
In a post last year, she said she works as a referral marketer from home.
The initial call to 911 came in around 6:45 p.m.
By about 8:30 p.m., a rescue crew from Apex had hooked the car, reported WECT.
Around that time, the baby and mother arrived at the hospital and the boy was declared dead.