ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV) – St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch says manslaughter charges cannot be filed in the drowning death of 12-year-old Christopher Marks.
Authorities have charged Todd Combs with 7 counts of endangering welfare of a child for allegedly supplying alcohol to Marks and other minors on August 5. That day Marks disappeared in the Meramec River.
His body was found a couple days later about a mile from where he went missing.
McCulloch expressed disappointment with not being able to pursue a manslaughter charge, but it wasn’t possible he says because Marks’ drowning made it impossible for tests to determine the boy’s blood alcohol level.