The Bristol County (Mass..) District Attorney has released a final
report on the June drowning death of Marie Joseph and, as of press
time, criminal charges were being sought against two individuals
employed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and
Recreation, which operates the pool.
Joseph drowned June 26 in the Veterans Memorial Pool at Lafayette
Park in Fall River, Mass. Her body was not discovered until two
days later due to poor water quality.
The report cites numerous systemic failures, including management
disregard for standards and regulatory requirements.
The DA announced that his office is seeking to charge Brian
Shanahan and Jeff Carter with reckless endangerment of a child.
Shanahan resigned from his position as regional director for the
DCR following the incident, and Carter, DCR SouthCoast district
manager, was placed on administrative leave.
Prior to the release of the DA’s report,a review by the Boston Globe found
numerous water quality violations at many of the pools operated by
the DCR. A final report from the DCR is expected to include policy
changes to ensure more stringent adherence to standards and