Charges sought against 2 in Mass. pool death probe

October 3, 2011 - 5:30 PM

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A prosecutor is seeking charges against two Massachusetts state employees for opening a public swimming pool where a woman drowned and her body went unnoticed for days.

Bristol District Attorney Samuel Sutter says a Department of Conservation and Recreation regional director and the SouthCoast district manager won't be charged in the death of Marie Joseph. But he says state police will seek criminal complaints against them for allowing the pool to remain open the following two days, when the water was too cloudy for safe operation.

Joseph's body was discovered June 28 at the murky pool in Fall River, 50 miles south of Boston.

Joseph was a Newport, R.I., hotel housekeeper from Haiti. Her death was ruled accidental. But the prosecutor cites a "systemic failure" in the pool's operation.

The Department of Conservation and Recreation says it'll comment later.