The mom of two Staten Island boys begged neighbors for help after her boys were swept away by Hurricane Sandy — only to have the door slammed in her face. Read on for the tragic details.
After searching for Brandon Moore, 2, and his brother Corey Moore, 4, police found the bodies of the two boys just yards from where they went missing. Their mother Glenda Moore, 39, spent 12 hours screaming for help after they were ripped from her arms during the hurricane — and no one would help.
Just before 6 p.m. on Oct. 29, Glenda’s car got stuck in the road right as the hurricane was hitting Staten Island. The floodwaters overpowered her vehicle, and even though Glenda tried to hold on to her boys, they got sucked away by the rushing water.
When they disappeared, the frantic mom kicked on a neighbor’s door for help — but was turned away.
“I can’t believe the way she was treated by the people she went to for help,” Glenda’s cousin Nancy Jean told NBC.
“The first person she knocked on, she begged them and said, ‘please call 911. They told her: ‘I don’t know you,’ and closed the door. She tried another door but they turned the lights off,” she said. ”I can’t imagine what she was thinking then. She sat down for 12 hours and was just screaming. She was out of it. When it got to morning she went and found a police car and told him what happened.”
After the storm cleared and police could search for the bodies, they found the brothers just 30 yards from where they went missing, buried under water and covered in trees in debris.
“Terrible, absolutely terrible,” police commissioner Ray Kelly said. “It just compounds all the tragic aspects of this horrific event.”
Such a tragedy. Our thoughts are with Glenda and her family during this difficult time.
What do YOU think of what happened to Glenda and her boys HollyMoms?
– Christina Stiehl
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