2 Ex-State Officials Face Criminal Charges In Fall River Pool Death

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Two former state workers will face criminal charges after all, related to the drowning death of a woman in a state-run pool in Fall River last summer. Her body went undiscovered for two days because of murky water.

The Bristol district attorney is charging the two former Department of Conservation and Recreation employees with reckless endangerment of a child.

The charge stems from the risk to children who swam in the state pool with water too murky for lifeguards to see beneath the surface.

A court magistrate had previously refused to allow the charges against former DCR Regional Director Brian Shanahan and former District Manager Jeff Carter. But a judge has overruled that decision, saying probably cause does exist.

This article was originally published on December 21, 2011.

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