Mom charged in death of son swept away in river

Mom charged in death of son swept away in river
Mother charged after Ontario boy swept away in river
Kaden Youngs family says they can now finally find peace after the police said they found a childs body in the Grand River in Belwood. Kamil Karamali reports.

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.

"It was tough. We were fortunate the OPP provided good mental health counselling for us and some of us had to take some time off and rest up and reflect a bit and then come back at it. It's not an easy job sometimes and nobody wants to find anybody dead, let alone a little child," he said.

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.

He added the difference between the second and third charges are that dangerous driving "is when somebody's life is endangered by dangerous driving and when you drive past road barricades and around road closures signs, you're endangering somebody.

Dufferin OPP allege that Michelle Hanson drove past signs and pylons indicating the road in the small community of Waldemar had been closed.

"Criminal negligence causing death, anybody who's responsible for children has an obligation not to be negligent in their care. And by driving around those barricades and him dying, that's basically the last [charge] as well."

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.

Hanson is facing charges of impaired driving causing death, dangerous driving causing death and criminal negligence causing death. She's due to appear in an Orangeville courtroom on Nov. 6.

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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.

Ontario Provincial Police said they conducted a long and thorough investigation into the death of three-year-old Kaden Young, who drowned in the Grand River near Orangeville, Ont., when torrential rains combined with a late-February thaw caused widespread flooding in the region.

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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They said the child was riding in his mothers minivan around 1 a.m. that day when she failed to see a road closure sign and drove onto a dangerous stretch of ground near the river.