Collette Sulcer, 41, died on Tuesday after being swept into a canal by strong currents while rescuing her daughter Jordyn.
A police statement said the Beaumont woman pulled her vehicle into a theater parking lot about 3:35 p.m. Tuesday, when it got stalled in high water.
When Sulcer and her daughter exited the vehicle, they were swept a half mile away from the auto.
"It's a true testament of a mother's will to sacrifice her life to keep her child alive", Officer Haley Morrow, a Beaumont police spokeswoman, told The Washington Post on Wednesday.
"At some point she was swept into the canal and ended up floating about ½ mile from her vehicle".
Rescue teams spotted a small pink backpack, which little Jordyn was wearing at the time, and when they approached it they found the child clutching her mother, who had died. The child was holding on to her mother. "The first responders got to the mother and child just before they went under a trestle". The mother did the best she could to keep her child up over the water.
When rescuers finally reached the two, Sulcer was unresponsive.
Water was still high, so a citizen helped by allowing first responders to load the mother and daughter in his truck and brought them all to a waiting ambulance at Laurel and 23rd St.
The child was transported to a nearby hospital, where she was listed in stable condition, police said. With no choice but to abandon her vehicle, the mother got out of the auto with her 3-year-old in tow.
There are multiple reports that the little girl told family members, "Mama was saying her prayers". They believe Jordyn, who is now being looked after by relatives, would also have lost her life if she had gone under the trestle. Image via Facebook.Pictured, Collette Sulcer's three year old daughter, Jordyn. "When the baby was found, the baby was clinging to her".
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