77 year-old Cheboygan man charged in death of 5 year-old who died tubing

A 77 year-old man has been charged in connection with the death of a little Cheboygan boy who died while being pulled on a tube behind a boat in August.

Kyzer Grant, 5, was tubing in Duncan Bay, just west of Cheboygan, around 7 p.m. on Sunday August 9, when he fell off the tube and drowned.  He was not wearing a life jacket.

Willem Vantielen, also of Cheboygan, was operating the boat at the time and allowed Grant to tube without a life jacket, which is against the law in Michigan.  Vantielen has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and child abuse 2nd degree.  He faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted as charged.

Vantielen is due back in court September 28 for a preliminary examination.