Mom accused of killing toddlers makes first court appearance

ORANGEBURG, SC (WCSC) - The mother accused of killing her two children walked into the courtroom in what appeared to be shackles Wednesday as she faced an Orangeburg County judge for an arraignment hearing.

When a judge asked 29-year-old Shaquan Duley if she understood the charges against her she replied "Yes her," in a soft spoken manor.

The attorney representing Duley said earlier Wednesday, before her first court appearance that his client would likely enter a plea of not guilty.

Attorney Carl B. Grant said that he understands Duley, 29, is facing serious charges that evoke a strong emotional response. However, he said, Duley has the right to a fair trial.

"We ask everyone to keep an open mind and wait to hear the entire story," Grant said.

Grant declined requests to release details of his discussions with Duley, citing attorney-client privilege. He said he anticipates some details of Monday's incident to come out during the bond hearing Wednesday, but they are waiting to receive the evidence the sheriff's office has amassed against her.

Duley is scheduled to be arraigned today at 2:30 p.m. in Orangeburg.

Orangeburg County Sheriff Larry Williams says Duley was broke, unemployed and upset with her mother when she suffocated the 2-year-old boy and 18-month-old boy before putting them into the river. The bodies were recovered Monday.

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