A WOMAN whose 17-month-old baby son died after the car she was driving overturned has pleaded guilty to causing his death through careless driving.

Selby Magistrates’ Court heard yesterday how a car, being driven by Sophie Laurence Boyeldieu, 21, was seen swerving within its lane on the A63 Selby bypass, before veering across the carriageway into the path of an oncoming van travelling in the opposite lane.

She now faces up to three years in prison for causing the death of her son, Aidan, through careless or inconsiderate driving.

Alan Mitcheson, for the prosecution, said: “The defendant’s vehicle flipped over on to its roof and the child sustained injuries which led to his death.

“Although the child had been strapped in his seat, the left shoulder strap had not been secured properly and as a result of that, came out of the seat and struck his head on the roof.”

Boyeldieu, of Honeysuckle Close in Selby, was tearful throughout most of the half-hour hearing and was told she could face three years behind bars.

Her defence, Emma Hamilton, accepted that the case be sent to York Crown Court, which has greater sentencing powers, and said the incident had had a “significant impact” on Boyeldieu and her family”.

The chairwoman of the bench told Boyeldieu: “These are tragic circumstances and, while we empathise with you, we consider it in the interest of justice to send this to crown court for sentencing.”

Boyeldieu will learn her sentence when she appears at York Crown Court on November 24.