By Sandra Rose  | 

toddler found clinging to mom

Beaumont, Texas police have identified the woman who drowned while trying to save her daughter in a flooded parking lot on Tuesday.

Collete sulcer, 41, died as she attempted to wade through flood water along Interstate 10 while carrying her 3-year-old daughter Jordyn.

Witnesses say Sulcer left Interstate 10 and drove her truck through the deep water in a parking lot when her engine died around 3:30 p.m.

At the time, tropical storm Harvey pounded Beaumont, Texas with 38 mph gusts of wind and rain. The witnesses saw Sulcer take her daughter out of the truck and try to carry her through the chest high water to safety. But a canal alongside I-10 overflowed and the current swept Sulcer away.

Police and fire rescue workers in a boat found Sulcer's body floating face down in the canal about a half a mile from the parking lot. Jordyn was clinging to her body.

The emergency workers reached Sulcer's body just before she drifted under a train trestle where the water was so high their boat could not go.

Rescue workers lifted the toddler and her mother's body into the boat. Jordyn was shivering and suffering from hypothermia (low body temperature). She was transported to a children's hospital where she is listed in stable condition. Sulcer was pronounced dead.

toddler found clinging to mom

Officer Carol Riley, a spokeswoman for the Beaumont Police Department, said Sulcer "absolutely saved the child's life."

Riley said mother and daughter "were in the water for quite some time. The mother did the best she could to keep her child up over the water."

"The baby also had a backpack that was helping her float on her back and she was holding on to her mom."

Sulcer's name was withheld from the public until her husband, who was out of town, could be notified.

30 people have been confirmed dead in the Southeast Texas area where Hurricane Harvey dumped a record 51 inches of rain.

  • Jen_no_juice

    Omg!!! That poor baby. RIP to the mother and praying for the husband and family

  • ouzad D

    this is tragic, while Trump making this disaster all about him

  • Ain’t Misbehavin

    This is aweful! She fulfilled her duty here on earth. It was God's will for her to risk her life so that her daughter could carry on.

  • HalleMerry

    This breaks my heart.

  • Rayne

    God this is sad.

  • MsPam

    R.I.P. That was a truly a great mother!

  • stav

    Sorry, but God doesn't want anyone to die. This was a matter of chance being at the wrong place at the wrong time. RIP to the deceased, and praying for her child!

  • Evillene

    Heartbreaking. And astounding what a mother will do to protect her child.

  • T3

    My God! This is so so sad. My heart breaks for the husband. Prayers for him and their family.

  • Wreckognize Game

    Rest In Peace to the deceased mother. That baby girl is a fighter and survived because of her mother. God Bless her.

  • mzbestseller

    Lord this is so sad!!! OMG I'm speechless. Rip Mama???

  • MsPam

    I wish people could have left early, Idk, I've never been in this situation before.

  • dontgetblocked

    Lord have mercy!

  • Fated4greatness

    Every victims story is sad but this one broke my heart. Praying.

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    So so SAD!!!

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    Easy to wonder!!! No telling what their situations were.

  • XoXo

    Lord have mercy. This brought tears to my eyes.

  • Jen_no_juice

    It's hard to evacuate 6.5 million folks at one time. Learned that during hurricane Rita

  • SummerBaby

    This is sad AF. ? RIP! ??

  • reddfoxxy16

    I know....This broke my heart...???????????????

  • Tena

    So sad. That poor baby was destined to live. Praise God.

  • Nita

    Aww so sad. R.I.P. to the mother. Glad the baby was able to be saved

  • You Could Never

    Baby girl is a survivor

  • You Could Never

    The mother used herself as a vessel. Lord Jesus. RIP.

  • imright

    ?this is one of the saddest stories ive ever heard/read. such a smart baby girl !! didnt let go of mommy ???

  • MsChocCookie

    A mother's love is DEEP.....very sad story. RIP to her Mother.

  • Luv Pitties

    That contra flow situation is nothing nice everybody trying to leave at the same time, I went through this with Katrina. It's so much uncertainty in the days leading up to it.

  • Tee Bullock

    Omg that baby made it! True love comes from real mothers!

  • SouthernGirlAZWorld

    This absolutely breaks my heart! The enemy was not taking this child....she was destined for greatness!!

  • Glitter Cupcakes

    Condolences to this childThis is heartbreaking. My God. All children are special and child is definitely here for a great reason. God bless her and may her Mother be an angel above as she was definitely below.

    Talk about donations... I pray

  • Dr.Rue


  • Twinetta Mitchell

    I can't take to much more of this. I'm so sad about all of these stories. These souls these human beings.

  • abby500

    Best Wishes and blessing to this little girl.

  • Chicagowise

    When are people going to learn not to drive through floodwaters? Sometimes, it is nearly impossible to gage how deep the water is and it only takes several inches of water to sweep a vehicle away.

    If we can learn anything from this tragedy, it is this:

    1. Do not attempt to drive through floodwaters.

    2. People who live in flood zones need to create an emergency kit. Along with the other essentials like food and water, keep life jackets and other flotation devices handy. Be sure to buy flotation devices that are appropriate for children, too.

    I am curious to know the mother's cause of death. I wonder if the stress triggered a heart attack and she subsequently drowned.

  • soujourn_erets

    Horrible way to go.

    Geo engineering may have a part to play in this storm (Chemtrails and HAARP).

  • MsPam

    Thanks, Iike I said I've never been in a hurricane. I was just asking.

  • nick c

    You sure do got an answer for everything what do you do in a plane crash jump out and land on your feet?

  • Kimberly King

    It killed me to read this. She died protecting her child... Bittersweet. RIP to this lovely lady and I hope and pray the child's extended family will take care of her and protect her just as much as her mother did.

  • Ryan

    Damn. R.I.P.

  • Elevated Soul

    Mama died a hero so that her child could live...I salute that sistah!

  • Ryan

    IKR? This lady died trying to save her child. Disrespectful AF. Some folks just need to shut up and take a break.

  • Tanya

    This post right here is what brought me to my knees. It is so sad and heartbreaking. She did what any mother would have done and I pray to God that her soul finds rest in heaven and her baby is cared and taken care of.

  • Allihave2say

    I'm so sorry that we lost this loving mother. I'm sure she's grateful in heaven knowing her daughter is alive. I live in Houston and we never imagined this hurricane would hurt us so much and this story hurts so much more.

    I just want to say that Walmart every summer, puts out a family pack of life vests for $48. It has two adult and two children's vests. Off season they are about $25. It's well worth the invest no matter what others may think about you owning them Please, please be ready for catastrophe. I came to the page to relax and now I'm in tears for this mother and her daughter. ?

  • SirVeil

    I pray the daughter will keep her vibrant spirit she divinely inherited from her wonderful mother. RIP????

  • luVn_liFe…

    dead AFFFFFF!!!! lawd lol

  • Desiree Edwards

    Father God, we called on you to give the family strength at this time for their loss. I pray this baby will be okay and be raised in the memory of heroic mother. Amen.

    Truly heart wrenching :((

  • disqus_WRMcAg8NLU

    I agree with you 100%. Do not attempt to drive through floodwaters, but there are people who will still do it. RIP to the victim and prayers for her family.

  • Allihave2say

    Experts say you have 30 seconds to 1 minute to save your life when you car is emerged in water.
    1. Don't waste time dialing 911 and staying on the phone. Put it on speaker and get to work.
    2. As soon as you know you're in water roll down all the windows and release all the seat belts. Release the children out the window if you can.
    3. If the windows won't open because the circuits are wet, use your LIFE HAMMER to break the window.
    4. If that doesn't work. Wait for the car to sink in water. When the pressure inside is equal outside/the water is level open the door and leave. YOU ONLY GET ONE OPPORTUNITY TO OPEN THE DOOR. WHEN YOU DO MORE WATER WILL RUSH IN. IF IT CLOSES YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO OPEN IT AGAIN BECAUSE THE PRESSURE WILL BE TOO GREAT.


  • hottlanta

    There is a big difference between a baby mama and a mother. This child was lucky to have a mother. She will do great things in like to honor her and keep her legacy alive.

  • You Could Never

    Im so sorry man. I am so hurt over yall hardships right now. Yall stay strong man.

  • Wreckognize Game

    I'm glad you made it through Katrina. Stay strong

  • hottlanta

    Ok, I am surprised he hasn't went down and shot someone during the flood and complain about black on black crime. Oh I forget he might say the person was from Chicago.

  • Faux Gibbler

    If anyone is not saddended by this--you are heartless. ????

  • Faux Gibbler

    Be safe.

  • PlayerP


  • Karen Brady

    choked on my

  • Karen Brady

    major decisions to make I'm sure.

  • Hill Candy

    This is so sad.

  • Karen Brady

    Rest in peace beautiful. you're a GREAT mother and that's what your daughter will hear throughout her entire life. Praying for you, her dad, your family.. She was on I-10.. have ya'll seen pics or video of it? It looks like open ocean. This poor woman didn't stand a chance. Jesus.

  • Karen Brady


  • Jussjess25

    Omg what sad sad story.. Im so sorry to hear this, It brings so much tears to my eyes. Rip to mom.. and God bless the baby. ?

  • Glitter Cupcakes

    Agree with you totally. I wonder how analytical folks would be if it had been their family drowning/dying. Being a Native of Houston with my family living it and not posting from a dry keyboard, I take it somewhat personally. Equally hard b/c I'm thousands of miles away.

    Let me stop reading... before I start "reading" for real, for real. Thanks for having excellent intellect, Ryan. ???

  • SG

    Real tears. Sacrificed herself to protect her baby.

  • Luv Pitties

    I wasn't attacking you I just simply replying

  • Samantha G.

    This was very hard to read

  • Lady_Elle

    God Bless this woman's soul!
    OMG.... RIP Collette Sulcher!
    Praying that her baby is ok.
    Hard to know how much the baby will remember.

  • Ryan

    I just know if it was somebody from my family, or even the family of my friends, I don't know how I'd handle it. People like chicagowise don't get it.

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    My God

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    My whole family is there and everybody made it through. God Bless.

  • BacktolurkingIgo

    So sad but the ultimate act of love

  • AJ

    Heartbreaking. But shows that Moms will do anything for their babies.

  • Maralena


  • MsPam

    I didn't think you were attacking me.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    OMG man, are you kidding me?

  • Vonn

    Happy to hear that your family made it. This is so devastating.

  • NeverSurprised

    Mrs. Sulcer, you can RIP knowing you were a WONDERFUL mother. In years to come, family members will always remind your daughter of your loving sacrifice for her.

  • zeta4life


  • zeta4life

    Praise HIM!!!!

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Losing your life to protect your child. That's the ultimate act of love right there.

  • Yardgirl

    This made me cry. RIP mama!!

  • BeUtFullSoul

    Jesus!!!! this is just heart wrenching. RIP Mrs. Sulcer, God Bless this little girl.

  • Shawty

    I'm just the average citizen and if I can come up with an idea to accommodate the citizens of Texas, why cant our leaders? They just need to put a crew ship or two on the edge of the golf and take people to it in smaller boats. They would have shelter, food and be safe. If a boat can go out in the water for weeks with enough supplies, I think they can take on folks during this tragic time...#justathought

  • Ajavee

    My God this is so sad;-(

  • Ajavee


  • Diva4lyfe

    OMG when I heard this on the news I just started crying. I can't imagine what she was going through. I am grateful for God allowing the mother to be the device she needed to be in order to keep her baby safe. RIP and just know ur daughter is safe and she loves everything you have done for her all the way to the end. Bless ur family

  • darealwifey

    Rest well, Mama. You did a good job saving your baby girl. RIH

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Yeah, the pictures were pretty striking. There really could have been a lot more loss of life. Thank God there wasn't.

  • darealwifey

    People were told NOT to evacuate their homes. Some homes were so flooded people had to be rescued from their ROOFS. Perhaps her home had become too dangerous to stay in and she was desperately trying to get to what she perceived as a safer place. Bless her heart and soul. She did the best she could do under the circumstances. No need to judge or lecture about what to do and not to do since YOU WERE NOT THERE!

  • sunni_daze

    I just want to ball tears hearing this. She saved her baby, may the mother rest in peace.

  • Christina Duphorn Zehnder


  • Christina Duphorn Zehnder

    It is time for us all to start loving and helping people selfishly.... RIP lovely lady.

  • Faithz

    Sleep Well in Glory, Sweet Lady. RIP.

  • Renee26

    So sad!!! RIP

  • Junkanoo

    Reminds of a similar story during Hurricane Katrina of a family caught in high waters and the mother got swept away but the father was able to get the kids to safety. Hats off to this mother who made the ultimate sacrifice for her child. I really thought this year was going to be an improvement over last year but 2017 ain't no joke.

  • Renee26

    Good idea, the ones in Cali may be close enough to get there

  • Shawty

    Let some of the money that the celebrities are giving pay for a week on the boat. Seems logical to me.

  • Armymom20

    really sad! she's a hero.

  • Mama Bear

    I heard on the morning news, the little girl told her family, mommy was saying her prayers. It's obvious God had His angels around Jordyn.

  • soujourn_erets

    Are you referring to the second death?

    Yah knows that all mankind will return to the dust. But, it's the second death that he doesn't want us to experience.

    That's why he gave us two choices: life or death?

  • Noirluv45

    A good mother risks her life her for children. This story is so sad and heartwarming at the same time. I'm happy the baby survived, but sad Mama had to lose her life.

  • Diva4lyfe

    Awe wow. He definitely did

  • Yardgirl

    Amen!! I am still tearing up, I just cannot get this out of my head :(

  • trisha hunter

    Hmm...The #Love of a Mother...A Mother who truly loves her child. Not one who has taken her child's life! But a Mother who have sacrificed her life so her child can live..."Thank You #Jesus for Mothers like this! Prayers going up for this Family and all others that have lost their lives in the mist of this STORM.

  • Guess Who

    This is so very tragic sad. RIP to the mom and god bless that poor baby. I hope she grows up in love and also knows that her mother loved her dearly.

  • Ain’t Misbehavin

    I believe in God's will. Everyone is put on earth to serve a purpose and in this case, her purpose was an act of serving, as a vessel to save her own child.
    "Thy will be done"

  • Chicagowise

    I don't mean to be cruel, but obviously, THIS wasn't the best she could do. Her BEST would have yielded better results.

    Instead of wallowing in sadness or empathy, I would rather people analyze her dire circumstances and learn from her mistakes. As my great grandmother would say, "a taught lesson, beats a bought lesson, any day! "

  • cristalle1


  • Bella Boss

    My GOD. Prayers to her family and Houston

  • ShWa

    So so very sad, this right here breaks my heart, my thoughts and prayers to her family.

  • Karen Brady

    Heard on TJMS this morn that $65K has been raised for the baby thus far but it's going to take a lot more for her upbringing. I've been mulling over different ways to help/give all week (side eye to Red Cross) and said I would make my decision tomorrow. I think I've found it. Also, Rickey Smiley said he'll match a dollar for every dollar given.. $10K, $15k whatever... just fyi :-).

  • Karen Brady

    Yes Lord. Gives me chills.

  • Karen Brady

    Okay I had to come back to this and say lmao.....he's always on something ain't he? :-)

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920


  • Noirluv45

    OMGosh, I know, Yardgirl!

  • Yardgirl


  • interestingconcept1

    Sad as hell, but this little one isn't the only baby who lost parent(s), are they going to help everyone?

  • cjilla16


  • cjilla16

    Im in Texas now trying to get out, my husband and I have been stuck in traffic for two hours and just received a flash flood alert on my phone.

    My only comfort is that my sons are safe in Illinois right now. Please pray for us.

  • Malcom Flex

    Single mothers when there isn't a man at your side during a tragedy this is what happens where the F is the baby's father?!

  • NIA

    Ummmm can you read her Husband was out of Town?.

    Single mother ... the heck that has to do with it?. This is tragic and mother died saving her baby!. Single or Marry!

  • THE Queen

    The Lord is with you. Fear Not, for he said he will not leave nor forsake you. Be Blessed..

  • 19awesomegrl97

    my God!

  • cjilla16

    Thank you so much, we made it out. I appreciate it.