CLAYTON, MO (KMOX) – It was almost a year ago that 12-year-old Christopher Marks drowned in the Meramec River and today his stepfather will be sentenced for supplying alcohol to the boy.

Prosecutor Bob McCulloch wanted to charge Todd Combs, 42, with manslaughter after he allegedly provided alcohol to Christopher Marks and six other youths.

“The extent of time that the child’s body was in the river and the condition at the time the body was recovered prevents a determination on the level of alcohol,” he explained.

So instead Combs was charged with seven misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child for allegedly providing alcohol to Marks and six other minors at a family gathering. Combs pleaded guilty in May.

Christopher Marks was on a rope swing on August 5 of last year when he went into the Meramec at the Pacific Palisades Conservation Area. A massive search to finds Marks was unsuccessful for days. Investigators later found his body a few miles away.


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