Two men formerly responsible for managing operations at the Massachusetts pool where Marie Joseph drowned last June have accepted a plea deal, admitting that they allowed swimming in unsafe cloudy water conditions.
According to officials, it was due, in part, to the poor water
clarity, that 36-year-old Joseph’s body went unnoticed for
two days, while the pool remained open to swimmers.
Brian Shanahan, former Massachusetts Department of Conservation and
Recreation regional director, and Jeff Carter, former district
manager were charged with reckless endangerment of a child. Both
received one year of unsupervised probation. They resigned from
their positions following the drowning, which made headlines across
the nation. The MDCR operates the Veterans Memorial Pool, located
in Fall River.