Five children drowned after their car veered off the road and slid down an embankment into a Houston, Texas bayou, CNN reported.
The driver of the car was distracted because of a cell phone he had answered, an adult passenger told police. The accident happened during massive flash flooding in Houston.
The driver, who the Houston Chronicle said was 32-year-old Chanton Jenkins, got out of the car with his brother and a 10-year-old girl. The chlidren killed in the accident included two girls, ages 1 and 3, and three boys, ages 4, 6 and 7.
Jenkins failed a field sobriety test before being taken to police headquarters for a blood sample, Houston police Officer John Cannon said. Depending on the results of the blood sample, criminal charges could be filed.
The car was found in 9 1/2 feet of water, however the doors could not be opened due to the strong current.
Officers found the bodies of the three boys and one of the girls early Sunday morning. One girl remains missing. Police said that Jenkins is the father of the three boys.
There's really no telling where we will discover the bodies, if we even will," Cannon said.
Jenkins has a criminal record going back to 1994 stemming from incidents including possession of a prohibited firearm and possession of a controlled substance.