A 39-year-old woman has been charged with manslaughter in the death of her four-year-old son after Hamilton Police spent more than a year probing the case.
Cops say there were called to an Idelwood Dr. home on Sept. 27, 2017 just before 9 a.m. and found Kane Driscoll dead.
Police say his death initially did not seem suspicious as he had been born with a number of medical issues and undergone several surgeries.
But three months later, toxicology results – which police say were “ordered as a matter of protocol in all sudden deaths” – indicated the boy had died as a result of a lethal dose of unspecified drugs.
In February 2018, police notified the boy’s parents that they were suspects in their son’s death, at which point they stopped co-operating with the investigation.
Police said their lengthy investigation focused initially on identifying the source of the drug involved.
They say they reviewed medical records belonging to both the boy and his parents and ultimately formed “reasonable grounds” to charge his mother, Lisa Strickland. They did not provide details on those grounds.
As the probe continued, police say they learned that Strickland was pregnant and the Children’s Aid Society alerted hospitals to inform the agency when she delivered the baby so the child could be seized. In October 2018, authorities learned she had moved to Newfoundland and given birth.
Police say they arrested the mother in Bonavista, Newfoundland on Wednesday with the help of local authorities, who took custody of the baby. Strickland was brought back to Ontario to face the manslaughter charge. She appeared in court in Hamilton Friday and was remanded into custody.