On Sept. 16, Dazia Lee of Charlotte lost her son, Kaiden, during Hurricane Florence when floodwaters rushed her car. On Monday, she was charged in the toddler’s death..
The Union County Sheriff’s Office charged Lee, 20, with involuntary manslaughter and driving on a closed or unopened highway.
Thinking the storm was over, Lee had strapped 1-year-old Kaiden Lee-Welch into his car seat and headed toward her grandmother’s house. She told The Washington Post that she saw cars emerging from a road that had barricades along the sides and thought it was safe. But after she drove past the barricades, a rush of water hit her car, and when she tried to escape with Kaiden, she lost her grip on him. His body was found the next day.