People.com Crime Mom Charged After Her 1-Year-Old Son Drowns in Hurricane Florence: 'I Did Everything I Could' Dazia Ideah Lee lost son Kaiden Lee-Welch during flooding from Hurricane Florence in North Carolina — but authorities say she ignored a road blockage By Dave Quinn Dave Quinn Instagram Twitter Dave Quinn is an Editor for PEOPLE, working across a number of verticals including the Entertainment, Lifestyle and News teams. He joined in 2006 as a Writer/Reporter where he became known for his Bravo and Broadway exclusives across print and digital. Dave is the author of the No. 1 New York Times best-selling book, Not All Diamonds and Rosé: The Inside Story of the Real Housewives from the People Who Lived It. He's appeared on many broadcasts including ABC's Good Morning America, Bravo's Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, E!'s Daily Pop, NBC's New York Live and PEOPLE's own Reality Check, as well as a number of podcasts like Bitch Sesh, Everything Iconic, Watch What Crappens, Hot Off the Mess, Mention It All, and PEOPLE Every Day. Prior to working at PEOPLE, Dave was the chief Theater Reporter for NBC New York and co-host of Entertainment Weekly's acclaimed TV Recaps series. People Editorial Guidelines Published on November 1, 2018 12:37 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Union County Sheriff's Office, Monroe, NC/Facebook A North Carolina mom whose 1-year-old son drowned in Hurricane Florence’s storm surge has been charged with involuntary manslaughter after authorities say she ignored a road blockage and was subsequently swept away by the water, PEOPLE confirms. Dazia Ideah Lee, 20, told The Washington Post that she lost grip of son Kaiden Lee-Welch the night of Sept. 16 as the rushing waters from Richardson Creek overtook the 2010 Hyundai Elantra they were in, pushing it off the road. The boy’s body was found the next day by search and rescue teams, 15 feet under water. According to the Post, Lee and Kaiden had set out to visit her grandmother in Wadesboro, about an hour away from her home in the Charlotte area. But Lee said she was unaware of Florence’s danger during their trip since it seemed the worst of the storm had already passed through. She explained to the paper that she drove around police barrels on Highway 218 after seeing other cars going in the opposite direction — but was met on that road with the deadly flood that resulted in her son’s drowning. It was her decision to ignore the barricades that led to her criminal charges, authorities said this week. Mom of 1-Year-Old Swept Away in Hurricane Florence Floodwaters Speaks Out — ‘He’s Just Gone’ The Union County Sheriff’s Office announced on Monday that Lee had been charged with involuntary manslaughter as well as a misdemeanor charge of driving on a closed/unopened highway. She was served a criminal summons and is due in court on Nov. 20. Court officials say she does not have an attorney on record and PEOPLE’s efforts to reach her on Thursday were unsuccessful. “The tragic death of this child and the circumstances surrounding this case are heartbreaking,” said Sheriff Eddie Cathey in a statement to the office’s Facebook page. • Want to keep up with the latest crime coverage? Click here to get breaking crime news, ongoing trial coverage and details of intriguing unsolved cases in the True Crime Newsletter. “We continue to pray for all those suffering as a result of this child’s death,” 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.” After Kaiden was pulled away from her in the water but before his body was found, Lee told reporters, “I did everything I could,” according to the Post. “From the moment I was pregnant until the moment I lost him, I did everything I could to save and protect him,” she said.