A North Carolina woman whose 1-year-old son drowned in the floodwaters of Hurricane Florence last month has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and “driving on a closed/unopened highway,” local news station WJZY reports. The Union County Sheriff’s Office said it found that 20-year-old Dazia Ideah Lee “deliberately drove around barricades” set up to block highways during Hurricane Florence—and that resulted in the death of her son, Kaiden Lee Welch. “The tragic death of this child and the circumstances surrounding this case are heartbreaking. We continue to pray for all those suffering as a result of this child’s death,” Sheriff Eddie Cathey said. “However, after a very thorough investigation and taking all facts into consideration and applying the law, we feel that these charges are appropriate.” Emergency responders were called on Sept. 16 after Dazia managed to free herself and Kaiden from their vehicle, which had been swept off the road. Dazia then lost her grip on Kaiden in the water. His body was recovered on Sept. 17.
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