UNION COUNTY, N.C. -- The mother of 1-year-old Kaiden Lee Welch is living in her own nightmare.
Deja Lee's only child was carried away by rushing floodwaters after Tropical Depression Florence battered the Carolinas with record-breaking rainfall.
"He had really changed my life," Lee said. "He did."
The Union County Sheriff's Office said Lee was driving along NC 218 in Union County when she came upon a barricaded road and eventually got trapped in rushing floodwaters.
"She was a stranger to the area, driving to just be with her family," the Sheriff said. "Her car got caught in the water and was forced onto an open field.