Thorold man on trial in death of grandson

The manslaughter trial of a Thorold man accused of killing his grandson is underway.

37 year old Brian Matthews was charged in 2015 with the death of 13 month old Kody Smart.

EMS were called to a Thorold Townline Road home in July of that year where they found the toddler in medical distress.

He was rushed to St. Catharines General and then airlifted to McMaster Children's Hospital where he died the next day.

The case made headlines after it was revealed Family and Children's Services had removed Kody from his parent's home just a few months before his death and placed him in the care of his grandfather, a man who had been convicted years before of child abuse.