Stepdad sentenced for giving boy beer before drowning in Meramec River

Stepdad sentenced for giving boy beer before drowning in Meramec River

Todd Combs (left) has been sentenced to a year in jail and two years of probation for giving alcohol to 12-year-old Christopher Marks shortly before the boy drowned.

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Associated Press

Posted on July 8, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 8 at 5:51 PM

CLAYTON, Mo. -- A St. Louis County man has been sentenced to a year in jail and two years of probation for giving alcohol to his 12-year-old stepson shortly before the boy drowned.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 43-year-old Todd Combs was sentenced Monday. He pleaded guilty in May to seven counts of second-degree child endangerment.

Combs gave alcohol to seven minors during a family outing last August along the Meramec River in Pacific, Mo. One of the minors was his stepson, Christopher Marks.

Christopher was last seen swinging on a rope near the river. After a massive search, it was Combs who found Christopher’s body a few days later and a few miles away.

 

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