Kitchener-Waterloo

Crown withdraws dangerous driving causing death charge against Kaden Young's mother

The Crown has withdrawn one of three charges against Michelle Hanson, mother of Kaden Young. Kaden died in February 2018 after he was swept down the Grand River west of Orangeville during flooding.

Two charges remain: impaired driving causing death and criminal negligence causing death

Kaden Young, 3, died in February 2018 after he was swept down the Grand River near Orangeville, Ont. His mother has been charged in his death. (Submitted by the Young family)

The Crown has withdrawn a charge against Kaden Young's mother.

Assistant Crown attorney Danielle Garbaty told CBC Kitchener-Waterloo the charge of dangerous driving causing death was withdrawn Tuesday during Michelle Hanson's court appearance.

Hanson still faces two charges in relation to her son's death: impaired driving causing death and criminal negligence causing death.

Hanson was in a minivan with her three-year-old son, Kaden, on Feb. 21, 2018, when police say she went around a road closure sign in Amaranth Township, west of Orangeville.

Water was over the road due to flooding in the area. They were about one kilometre from their home when the minivan went into the Grand River around 1 a.m., police say.

As they exited the vehicle, Hanson lost her grip on her son and he was swept down the river, police said.

Kaden's body was recovered April 21, two months later.

During Tuesday's court appearance in Orangeville, dates were also set for a preliminary inquiry.

The dates are July 8 to 12 and July 29 to 31.