The bodies of Connor and Brandon Moore, aged two and four, have been found on Staten Island. The young boys were separated from their mother Glenda while they tried to escape Superstorm Sandy.
The New York Police Department spent two days searching and discovered the bodies off Father Capodanno Boulevard, in marshy ground.
The Moores were trying to flee the area on Monday evening when the storm hit. Their SUV was struck by a tree and stalled. Glenda told CBS news that she sought refuge at a nearby home but the man turned her away.
Her sister said, "They answered the door and said, 'I don't know you. I'm not going to help you. ’My sister's like 5-foot-3, 130 pounds. She looks like a little girl. She's going to come to you and you're going to slam the door in her face and say, 'I don't know you, I can't help you'?'”
The desperate mother was clinging to a railing when the storm surge took her sons. Her two-year-old Brandon was taken right out of her arms.
Moore’s sister told the New York Daily News, “She was holding onto them, and the waves just kept coming and crashing and they were under. It went over their heads … She had them in her arms, and a wave came and swept them out of her arms.”
She spent the night huddled on a doorstep as the storm continued and at daybreak she walked until she found a police car. When the water receded the boys were nowhere to be seen.
Their mother and father were on the scene when their bodies were found on Thursday.