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.