AFFTON, MO (KTVI)-- The drowning death earlier this month of Christopher Marks, 12, was tragic and disturbing, but what makes it more unsettling is what investigator Chris Hayes uncovered about the child's step-father.
Step-Dad Todd Combs was reportedly with Marks and six other children, during an outing along the Meramec River August 5. He was reportedly drinking with the kids that weekend. His involvement with alcohol certainly did not start there.
FOX 2 found court records indicating Combs is a seven time DUI offender. Combs even served prison time for DUIs and the courts revoked his license, yet we caught him driving to get a pack of cigarettes.
One court record shows that after Combs' "4th DWI" he "denied alcohol use was problematic." The court record documents him saying he believed DWIs were due to "bad luck."
The State of Missouri confirms it revoked the license of Todd Combs, until the year 2014.
Fox2 watched him drive to a gas station where he refilled his tank and bought a carton of cigarettes. Chris Hayes caught up with him and asked him...
"(Hayes) Why are you driving with your license revoked?"
Combs had no answer.
"(Hayes) How do you explain multiple DUIs and in three different states?"
"(Hayes) How much alcohol did you give those kids the weekend of August 5th?"
Combs shut his front door on reporter Hayes.
During the search for 12-year-old Marks, his sister told reporters about the drinking.
Christopher Marks grandmother says they've heard from kids who were with Step-Dad Combs that August 5th weekend, reporting that he bought them Bud Light, Captain Morgan rum and a malt liquor called 4 Loko.
St. Louis County Police continue to investigate the circumstances leading to the 12 year old's drowning and are awaiting toxicology results that could tell us how much alcohol Marks drank.
Fox2 also made a legal request to Saint Louis County Police asking for all calls to Step-Dad Combs' address. A printout lists 24 calls in 2011 and 2012 for things like "peace disturbance" and "domestic."
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