Charges laid in wake of toddler’s drowning death

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Criminal charges have been laid against the mother of a three-year-old boy who died in the Grand River flood of February that caused millions in damage and led to the evacuation of residents in Brantford.

On Feb. 21, 2018 ‎at about 12:52 a.m., the driver of a minivan travelling south on 10th Line in Amaranth Township failed to stop at a road closure sign. Due to major flooding on the river, the vehicle was swept into the water.

A passenger in the minivan, three-year-old Kaden Young, was subsequently lost in the rising, fast-flowing water. The child’s body was recovered on April 21.

Following a thorough investigation, the OPP has charged Michelle Hanson, 35, of Amaranth with impaired driving causing death, dangerous driving causing death; and criminal negligence causing death. The accused is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Orangeville on Nov. 6.

“The OPP sympathizes with and expresses its heartfelt condolences to the family of Kaden Young on his tragic loss,” read an OPP statement. “We also remember and recognize the many community residents and visitors who gave of their time to search for Kaden during the aftermath of this tragic incident.”

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