(CNN) -- A South Carolina woman accused of suffocating her children before strapping them into a car and pushing it into a river is scheduled to make her first court appearance Wednesday.
Shaquan Duley faces two counts of murder in the deaths of her two toddler sons, the Orangeburg County sheriff said. Police identified the dead children as Ja'van T. Duley, age 1, and Devean C. Duley, 2.
It wasn't immediately known whether Duley had retained an attorney prior to her arraignment.
Investigators said Duley, 29, was unemployed, single and apparently fed up with criticism from her mother when she allegedly smothered her children, strapped their lifeless bodies into car seats and submerged her car in a river.
Meanwhile, officials released 911 calls from witnesses.
"A car ran in the pond and got kids in there," one caller said. "We need help fast, please."
Orangeburg County Sheriff Larry Williams told reporters Duley had no means of taking care of her children.
"She lives with her mother, and her mother was a very, I guess, firm individual," Williams said. "She often talked with her daughter about, I guess, maybe being more of a mother or being more reliable."
Mother and daughter argued the night before the children's bodies were found early Monday in Duley's Chrysler sedan, Williams said.
"We believe this is a direct response (to the argument) from Ms. Duley," he said. "I believe she was just fed up with her mother telling her she couldn't take care of the children, and she wasn't taking care of her children, and she just wanted to be free."
However, he said, "this wasn't a hardened criminal. This was a young lady in trouble, in trouble in more ways than she realized."
Duley has no previous criminal history, he said.
Her third child, a 5-year-old daughter, was at the home of Duley's mother.
Duley told authorities she smothered the boys by putting her hand over their mouths at the Trumps Inn in Orangeburg, South Carolina, Williams said. She drove them to the river while "trying to find a way to discard the bodies," he said.
"She just wanted to get rid of the children, as sad as it may be," Williams said.
Authorities do not know how long the boys had been dead before they went into the water, he said.
Duley initially reported that she had lost control of the car and it had rolled into the river. But authorities believed her story didn't add up from the beginning, Williams said. Her clothes were dry, he said, and there were no skid marks or other indications of an accident at the scene.
Authorities responded to a report of a car accident near a boat landing on the river Monday, and divers found the children's bodies.
Williams described Duley as distraught, but said she showed no signs of remorse.
"I don't believe she woke up and said, 'I'm going to the Shillings Bridge Road to get rid of my children,'" he said. "Of course, that hasn't been determined. I believe she was just angry, upset and for some reason found the boat ramp, but mind you the children were deceased ... so (she was) trying to find a way to discard the bodies."
The father of the two children has not been found, Williams said. Duley "was more or less being mother and father for the children," he said.
The South Carolina Department of Social Services has no record of prior involvement with Duley, department spokeswoman Marilyn Matheus said.
The incident has striking similarities to a 1994 case, also in South Carolina. The bodies of Michael Daniel Smith, 3, and 14-month-old Alexander Tyler Smith were found in their mother's car, still strapped into their car seats, in a lake in the town of Union, South Carolina.
Their mother, Susan Smith, was convicted on two counts of murder, but jurors spared her the death penalty and sentenced her to life in prison..
sounds to me like the reporter is trying to make excuses for this woman