November 30, 2016 10:30 pm
Updated: December 1, 2016 10:19 am

Judge stops trial of Alberta woman charged in drowning death of her son, cites lack of evidence

A three-year-old died in hospital Monday, July 1, 2012 after he was found floating in Mink Lake a day earlier.

Paul Rampersaud, Global News

A judge has stopped the trial of a mother charged in the drowning death of her three-year-old son citing a lack of evidence.

The move came as the Crown was trying to make its case against Carmen Stewart, according to Stewart’s defence lawyer Anita Myers.

Stewart was accused of failing to provide the necessaries of life after her son Traeh drowned at a lake west of Edmonton in June 2013.

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Watch below: On Nov. 25, 2015, Fletcher Kent filed this report about a mother facing charges in connection with her son’s 2013 death. In court that day, the mother described the moment when she learned her son had drowned in a lake west of Edmonton.

Stewart said Traeh drowned while her family was on a camping trip at Mink Lake. She said he had been playing with other children when he told her he was going to the park next to the campsite.

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But for some reason, Stewart’s son had wandered to the nearby lake where police later found him floating and unresponsive.

-With files from Fletcher Kent.

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