WARDSBORO, Vt. (AP) — A woman reported missing with her two daughters waded into a brook carrying one of them and eluded a rescue attempt before mother and child were swept downstream to their deaths, police said Sunday. The second child's body was found later.

Searchers found the bodies of Nicole Waring and her 6-year-old daughter Dakota downstream in Wardsboro Brook on Saturday. They found the body of 2-year-old Grace downstream Sunday.

"For whatever reason, it was a deliberate action," said Vermont State Police Capt. David Covell, who stopped short of calling the river plunge a suicide.

As troopers began preparing a search party, State Police Sgt. Robert McCarthy spotted Waring and a child standing on the edge of the brook, about 100 yards from her parents' home, Covell said.

McCarthy tried to talk to Waring, but she ignored him and walked into the water holding the child and plunged into the brook and was swept away, police said.