Christopher Marks’ Step-dad Charged In Drowning Death

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AFFTON, MO (KTVI)-- Criminal charges in the case of the 12-year-old boy who drowned in the Meramec.  The St. Louis County Prosecutor's Office charged the step dad with 7 misdemeanor counts of child endangerment.  Only on Fox, the victim`s grandmother spoke to KTVI reporter Chris Hayes.

Lisa Miskimon said, "[Todd Combs'] culpability of what went down that day at the Meramec to me is unforgivable."

Miskimon thought she`d see more serious charges.  Her 12-year-old Grandson Christopher Marks drowned during a weekend outing in the Meramec. Marks and six other kids were with Todd Combs the weekend of August 5.  Marks disappeared, police searched the winding river for days and one of the kids said Combs gave alcohol to them.  Combs' later found the boy in the river.  Toxicology reports found alcohol in Mark's system, but the results are not useful to police and prosecutors because it took days to find the boy.

Miskimon said police and toxicologists explained to her, "When the body starts to decompose it produces its own alcohol so they could not determine if it was Captain Morgan or decomposition."

Meanwhile Miskimon struggles to hold a family together, that`s been torn apart by the loss of their beautiful boy.  She cried, "He didn`t deserve to die.  He would`ve just turned 13 on the 21st and it was heartbreaking.  We sent more balloons off, of course, and his twin still isn`t really able to talk about it."  Grandma Lisa cares for the twin today.

Combs` attorney said he`ll respond after he`s had the time to thoroughly review the charges.  The first court date is November 1st.

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