Stepfather Admits Giving Alcohol to Drowning Victim Christopher Marks

CLAYTON, MO (KMOX) – The stepfather of Christopher Marks, the 12-year-old boy who drowned in the Meramec River last summer, has admitted to providing alcohol to Marks and others.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Todd Combs, 43, pleaded guilty to seven counts of second-degree child endangerment Thursday. All seven charges are misdemeanors.

Combs and Marks were at a family picnic at 18800 Franklin Road in the Palisades area of Pacific on August 5, 2012 when Marks went missing. He was last seen swinging on a rope near the Meramec River.

A search to finds Marks was unsuccessful for days. Investigators later found his body a few miles away. Police were unable to produce accurate toxicology results showing how much alcohol he had consumed.

Combs will be sentenced June 24.


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