Two former Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation managers are facing charges of reckless endangerment of a child, in connection with the 2011 drowning death of 36-year-old Marie Joseph.
The charges, against Brian Shanahan, and Jeff Carter, came following a decision by Fall River District Court Judge Brian Gilligan. He ruled that probable cause existed to charge the men. Gilligan’s decision supersedes a court magistrate’s November decision not to charge them.
Joseph drowned June 26 while visiting the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Pool in Fall River. Her body went undetected in the deep end for two days while the pool was open for swimming, partly because the water was so cloudy. At the time, Shanahan was regional director for DCR, and Carter was South Coast district manager. They both resigned shortly after the incident. The DCR is currently seeking proposals to renovate the pool and raise the deep end from 12 feet to 5 feet, 6 inches.