Mother charged after son drowns in Lake Hickory, police say



CATAWBA COUNTY, N.C. - A Catawba County woman is charged with involuntary manslaughter after her 5-year-old son drowned in Lake Hickory last week.

Investigators think Christie Johnson Hudgins was intoxicated at the time.

They said her son wandered away from a family cookout near the Dixie Boat Club.

His body was found in a few feet of water.  Two people tried to revive the boy by doing CPR, but were unsuccessful.