Dufferin OPP say the mother of a three-year-old who was swept away by the flooding Grand River near Orangeville earlier this year is now facing charges.
Kaden Young was pulled from his mother’s arms after the minivan they were in was swept into the water in the early morning of Feb. 21.
Dufferin OPP allege that Michelle Hanson drove past signs and pylons indicating the road in the small community of Waldemar had been closed.
After the van was pulled into the river, Hanson was able to free herself and Kaden, but the young boy was pulled away by the current.
Dufferin OPP Const. Paul Nancekivell said officers went to Hanson's home Thursday morning and she agreed to come to the detachment. When she arrived around 12:30 p.m., she was arrested on the three charges.
OPP said following a “thorough” investigation, Hanson has been charged with impaired driving causing death, dangerous driving causing death and criminal negligence causing death.
“Police will not comment on specific details of the allegations to protect the integrity of ensuing court process,” OPP said in a news release.
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The mother of a three-year-old boy who was swept away in an Ontario river has been charged with impaired driving, dangerous driving and negligence in connection with the childs drowning death.
Kaden Young was swept out of his mothers arms on Feb. 21 when their vehicle entered the Grand River near Grand Valley, Ont., during a flood.
In the following weeks, hundreds of volunteers flocked to the site to help search for Young. A Facebook group dedicated to the search sometimes received posts from Hanson, including eventual confirmation that her sons body had been found.
In a news release issued Thursday, Ontario Provincial Police said a minivan carrying Kaden failed to stop at a road closure sign and the vehicle was swept into the Grand River. As a result, the child was lost in the flowing water.
Following a thorough investigation, the OPP have charged Kadens mother, 35-year-old Michelle Hanson, with impaired driving causing death, dangerous driving causing death, and criminal negligence causing death.
At the time, police said the vehicle was swept into the swollen waterway. They said Hanson managed to pull Young from the vehicle only to lose her grip on him and see him carried off by the rushing water.
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