Mother whose two boys were swept out of her arms in superstorm was left screaming on street for 12 hours by neighbors who refused to help her
Police find bodies of Glenda Moore's sons Connor, 4, and Brandon, 2 Mrs Moore battled to hold on to the boys but they were sucked away She knocked on door but was told: 'I don't know you. I'm not going to help' Another neighbor refused to answer and she spent night crying on street
By Daniel Bates, Michael Zennie and Rachel Quigley
PUBLISHED: 10:07 EST, 1 November 2012 | UPDATED: 14:30 EST, 1 November 2012
Police searching for two young brothers who were ripped from their mother's arms during Superstorm Sandy have found their bodies.
The remains of Brandon, two, and Connor Moore, four, were discovered only yards from where they went missing in Staten Island, New York.
The boys' mother Glenda Moore, 39, is said to have spent 12 hours screaming in the street after they were swept away, but residents would not help her look for them.
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The boys were sucked away by floodwater after Mrs Moore's car stalled and became stuck just before 6pm on Monday near the 400-block of Fr. Capodanno Boulevard in South Beach.
Mrs Moore, a nurse, tried to hold on to them but was overpowered by the force of the storm.
Police found the young brothers about 30 yards off the corner of McLaughlin Street and Father Capodanno Boulevard.
'Terrible, absolutely terrible,' police commissioner Ray Kelly said. 'It just compounds all the tragic aspects of this horrific event.'
The boys were about 20 yards apart from each other, under water, buried by trees and debris, law enforcement sources told the New York Post.
After the storm cleared on Tuesday morning, officers, dogs and other searchers - armed with shovels, sticks and pitchforks - had been scouring those marshlands off Father Capodanno.
A team of scuba divers were also there to search the marshy area.
At 10:15am today, police in wetsuits found Brandon waist-deep in water. His brother was found close by shortly after.
After the boys disappeared, Mrs Moore knocked on a nearby door for help but was told: 'I don't know you. I'm not going to help you.'
Mrs Moore then tried another neighbor near her Staten Island home, but when she rang the bell they turned off the lights and refused to answer.
As the storm raged around her, the nurse took shelter in a doorstep, screaming and staring at the waters which had just snatched away her children.
Twelve hours later, at dawn when the weather calmed down, she found the strength to walk down the street and flag down a passing police car to raise the alarm.
Her cousin Nancy Jean, 41, fought back tears as she described the ordeal.
'I can’t believe the way she was treated by the people she went to for help,' she said.
'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.
‘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.’
A friend of the mother who lost two young sons to Superstorm Sandy today urged the public to 'keep them in your prayers, they're going to need it'.
The woman said Glenda Moore is 'in pain, she's hurting' after the death of Connor, four, and Brandon, two when their car was hit by a giant wave.
The woman, who was dressed in black, was speaking outside the home of Mrs Moore's mother Maria in the Kensington neighbourhood of Brooklyn, New York.
Aged in her 50s, she said: 'Keep them in your prayers, they are going to need it. It's a shock for everybody right now.
'I'm so emotional. I have children almost the same age. She [Glenda] is in pain. She's hurting.'
Asked about the boys, the friend said: 'They were joyful, they were very happy. They were very good kids'.
When MailOnline knocked on the door a female relative with a Jamaican accent opened a first floor window and said: 'We're not saying anything'.
Other relatives could be seen entering the semi detached $200,000 home and breaking down in tears as they were given hugs.
Mrs Moore’s aunt, who declined to give her name, also told the New York Daily News: ‘They answered the door and said, "I don't know you. I'm not going to help you".
‘My sister's like 5ft 3in, 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 aunt also said Mrs Moore told her she was knocked into the freezing waters herself by the power of the storm.
‘She was holding on to 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 [Mrs Moore] said she got shoved, and then the wave just took the car and flipped it over. She was knocked down.’
Tragedy struck on Monday as Mrs Moore was trying to flee her home to get to Brooklyn where her mother Maria Lemaire, 64, lives.
As her Ford Explorer stalled on the Father Capodanno Boulevard in South Beach, she got out of the vehicle and freed both boys from their seat belts. She was holding on to 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. Then the wave just took the car and flipped it over. She was knocked down.
She grabbed them and put one under each arm - but lost her grip as a huge wave pounded over their heads.
Mrs Moore is married to Damien, 39, who works at the New York Sanitation Department. They have no other children and are ‘devastated’ at the loss of their sons.
Miss Jean said: ‘They were beautiful boys. They were regular kids, they were just two and four years of age. They were always well behaved.
‘I saw them on Monday morning because I watch them when their mother goes to work.
‘They were really happy and I know Glenda had bought them some Halloween costumes and was going to take them out on Halloween.’
The aunt added: ‘They're the most beautiful children ever. One's a redhead, the other a dirty blonde.'
Reached at her home in Brooklyn, New York, Glenda’s sister Sophia, 42, said: ‘I’m sorry, I have no comment’.
Ms Moore told police her car stalled and she became stranded in the marsh when the left her home in search of higher ground as the storm worsened.
Officers from the NYPD Scuba Unit fanned out across the Staten Island marsh on the Boulevard in search of the boys.
'Cops were in there hip deep trying to get them,' a witness said.
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