SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Criminal charges will not be filed in connection with the drowning death of a 12 year-old student at a Springfield middle school pool.
Marlon Brown died at Baystate Medical Center about an hour after going underwater in the shallow end of the pool at Kiley Middle School during gym class on Feburary 13, 2013.
District Attorney Mark Mastroianni’s office released a report on Brown’s death, which was compiled after an investigation that included numerous interviews with students and teachers, examination of cell phone records, and inspection of the school facilities.
The exact cause of Brown’s drowning remains unclear. According to the DA’s report, Brown had been in the shallow end of the pool during a “free swim,” as his ability was not strong, though he ultimately went under in a sloping area toward the middle of the pool between the shallow and deep ends.
According to the report, there was likely a lot of splashing and roughhousing going on around the time of the drowning, though it is unclear whether this had anything to do with the drowning, as the students gave varying accounts of what happened.
The report says that the two physical education teachers who were at the pool at the time had been trying to deal with a child who had become sick prior to the drowning, while still keeping an eye on the students at the pool.