2 to face criminal charges in Mass. pool death

December 21, 2011 - 7:10 PM

BOSTON (AP) — Two former state workers will be charged in connection with the death of a woman whose body was found two days after she drowned in a murky Massachusetts swimming pool.

A prosecutor says charges of reckless endangerment of a child will be filed against former Department of Conservation and Recreation Regional Director Brian Shanahan and former district manager Jeff Carter.

Thirty-six-year-old Marie Joseph died in the Fall River pool June 26. Officials have said Shanahan and Carter shouldn't have kept the pool open and accessible to children while the water was too cloudy for safe operation.

Last month, a magistrate said charges shouldn't go forward. But another judge said Wednesday probable cause exists to warrant charges.

Telephone numbers couldn't be found for the men, and it's unclear whether they have attorneys.