Christopher Marks (Photo courtesy Affton Schools)
St. Louis County, MO (KSDK) - A 42-year-old was charged Wednesday for allegedly providing alcohol to his 12-year-old stepson in the hours leading up to the boy's drowning death in the Meramec River.
According to the St. Louis County Police Department, Todd Combs was charged with seven counts of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child.
Christopher Marks went missing on Sunday, August 5 during a family outing to the Pacific Palisades conservation area. The family said Marks left around 7:30 p.m. to go rope swing on the river and was never seen from again. His body was found in the river that Tuesday afternoon.
Marks' 15-year-old sister said at the time they had all been drinking.
Family members searched for Christopher Marks for hours after he disappeared before contacting police.