TABOR CITY, NC (WPDE) — Allison and Charles Newton’s lives forever changed on Sept. 18 when their mother, Wendy Newton, drowned in the back of an Horry County Sheriff’s Office transport van.
It happened in the days following Hurricane Florence when two Horry County Sheriff’s Office correctional officers drove through flood waters with two mental health patients trapped in the back.
One of those women was Allison and Charles’ mother.
Now-former correctional officers Stephen Flood and Joshua Bishop survived but were unable to save Wendy Newton, 45, of Shallotte, and Nicolette Green, 43, of Myrtle Beach.
Flood and Bishop have been fired and charged.
“We don’t want anybody to go through what we’ve been through and are still going through. It’s not like, just like it’s passed and gone. It’s still an every day thing. This was our mother. It’s not going to go away, so we can do as best as we can to make sure other kids don’t have to lose their mom, their dad” Charles said.