Mother Of Kaden Young Charged In Grand River Death

A 35-year-old mother who ignored two closed road signs and eventually ended up in the Grand River near Orangeville is charged with impaired driving causing the death of her 3-year-old child, who had drowned.

Michelle Hanson is also charged with dangerous driving causing death and criminal negligence causing death.

The accident that occurred shortly before 1 am on February 21 had led to weeks of research to find the body of little Kaden Young, who had been washed away.

The body of the boy had only been found in April.

The victim, Kaden Young, 3 years old. Photo: Young Family Photo
The victim, Kaden Young, 3 years old. Photo: Young Family Photo

The accused is scheduled to appear in court in Orangeville on November 6.

In a statement, the OPP says it will not give further details as the case is before the courts.

The mother told the police that she had not seen that night the sign indicating that the road was closed due to the risk of flooding. She claimed that her boy had slipped her arms as she tried to pull her out of the submerged minivan.

A soft toy deposited near the Grand River, where the little Kaden Young was swept away by the current. Photo: Global News
A soft toy deposited near the Grand River, where the little Kaden Young was swept away by the current. Photo: Global News

Ripped from his mother’s arms

On February 21st, Michelle Hanson was driving her minivan with her son Kaden on board, when her vehicle crashed into the rising flood on part of the road.

The river was has risen significantly near their home, just outside the village of Grand Valley.

Hanson tried to get her boy out of the vehicle, but he was ripped off by the current, which was very powerful.

In the weeks that followed, hundreds of volunteers participated in the search effort to find Kaden. A Facebook page was opened to recruit volunteers when the Ontario Provincial Police decided to discontinue their search in late February.

In her Facebook publication, Kaden’s mother thanks the volunteers for their help. She added that preparations for the funeral are underway and that the details of the event will be announced shortly.

Marie Bram

Marie Bram started working for Spruce Tribune in 2017. Marie grew up in a small town in northern Manitoba. But moved to Ontario for university. Before joining Spruce Tribune, Marie briefly worked as a freelance journalist for CBC News.  She covers politics and the economy.

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