Prosecutor: Manslaughter charges could not be filed in Affton boy's drowning death

Prosecutor: Manslaughter charges could not be filed in Affton boy's drowning death

Prosecutor: Manslaughter charges could not be filed in Affton boy's drowning death

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by Matt Sczesny / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on September 27, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Updated Thursday, Sep 27 at 11:04 AM

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.

 

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