Officials: Woman found dead in Wateree River had warrant for her arrest

Published: Jul. 26, 2015 at 1:57 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 5, 2015 at 5:15 PM EDT
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RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WIS) - The Richland County Sheriff's Department had a warrant for the arrest of a woman who was found dead in the Wateree River on Saturday night.

According to the sheriff's department, a warrant was issued in January for Charlene Elizabeth Fulton, 52, on a charge of great bodily injury to a 7-month-old child.

"My mother was watching an infant at the moment in time and the infant did took sick where she did have a seizure in my mom's care," Fulton's daughter La'Bria Wheatle said. "I do remember the EMS coming to the location and taking the child to the hospital."

From that point, Wheatle says Fulton was frequently questioned by law enforcement. She says Fulton had an appointment with investigators days before her mother went missing.

"It could had been overwhelming and stressful for her you know the hassle of being identified as someone in interest in the case with the child," Wheatle said.

Wheatle, reported that her mother was missing last November, just three days before Thanksgiving. She says Fulton's behavior before her disappearance was somewhat out of the ordinary.

""She did prepare Christmas gifts that was already wrapped," Wheatle said. "I thought it was kind of strange due to the fact that it was in the middle of November and normally, we pick a Saturday out probably in December to start really wrapping gifts."

Fulton's body was found in the backseat of a submerged car on Saturday night by a fisherman. Richland County Coroner Watts listed her cause of death as a drowning.

Wheatle says the news has given her family some closure.

"It could had been an accident but we're not sure," she said. "My mom was always there she was like my backbone."

Fulton had been missing since November.

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Lt. Curtis Wilson with the Richland County Sheriff's Department says the death does not appear to be suspicious.

Funeral arrangements have not been set for Fulton at this time.

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