On September 16, North Carolina mom Dazia Lee tried to drive to her grandmother’s house with her 1-year-old son, Kaiden Lee-Welch.
As Dearly previously reported, Lee thought the roads would be safe even though the effects of Hurricane Florence were still impacting the area.
So when she saw a safety barricade blocking a road, the mom allegedly moved it and drove around. A short time later, her car was caught in floodwaters.
Lee tried to escape with Kaiden, who was still strapped into his car seat. But the water current snatched the child out of her grasp. His body was recovered the next day.
She told CBS News at the time:
“I was holding his hand, trying to hold him, trying to pull him up and it got to a point I couldn’t hold him anymore, and he let go.”
Now, she’s facing charges for his death, Washington Post reports.
Tony Underwood, chief communications officer for Union County Sheriff’s Office, said that “the evidence would support the filing of charges.”
However, the NAACP disagrees with the charges and alleges that Lee could be facing racism. Corine Mack, from Lee’s local NAACP branch, said:
“She was attempting to get her child out of the car, not to have her child die, and to charge her on top of the fact that she is in mourning for the rest of her life, that represents implicit bias, insensitivity, and even racism.”
Mack pointed out that Lee was trying to save her child — not hurt him. She told CBS News.
“That is not someone who said, ‘OK, I am going to take my car and go into an area purposely to harm my child.'”
Lee told Washington Post that she only went around the barricades because she saw other cars safely make it down the road.
If sentenced, she could face 13 to 16 months behind bars. Lee is due in court on November 20.
A GoFundMe page set up for the mother has since been taken down.