Mother of Kaden Young Charged by Dufferin OPP in Toddler’s Death
The mother of three-year-old Kaden Young has been charged by Dufferin OPP in connection to her son’s death nearly eight months after he was swept from her grasp into the Grand River.
Members of the OPP visited Michelle Hanson’s home in Amaranth to charge the toddler’s mother on Thursday, Oct. 11. She agreed to attend the Dufferin OPP detachment where she was arrested and released on a promise to appear in court.
Hanson, 35, is charged with impaired driving causing death, dangerous driving causing death and criminal negligence causing death.
She is scheduled to appear in Orangeville court on Nov. 6.
"The OPP sympathizes with and expresses its heartfelt condolences to the family of Kaden Young on his tragic loss. 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."
When asked why it took nearly eight months to lay charges, Dufferin OPP Const. Paul Nancekivell said police were awaiting the results of forensic tests.
He also noted investigators sought the "approval" of the Crown Attorney's office in Orangeville before formally laying any charges.
"We had to run it through them. They basically directed us those are the charges to be laid," Nancekivell said. "If they don't like charges, they withdraw them. It is better with serious ones like this to get it straight from them right off the bat what they want in terms of charges. That way we're not wasting time."
During a flood event in the early hours on Feb. 21, police report Kaden's mother, who was rescued by emergency responders near Dufferin County Road 109, drove past a road-closure sign marked by orange pylons.