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Boating tragedy heads to court

SEPT. 26 — A Colorado man charged with child abuse in connection with the drowning of his son is expected to enter into a plea agreement.

The man, who is 44, waived a scheduled preliminary hearing in district court last week, news reports say. The man’s lawyer requested a hearing in November for the possible plea agreement.

Authorities say the man was towing his 2-year-old son on a tube behind his boat on CarterLake, west of Loveland, Colo., in July when the child fell into the lake and drowned, say reports. The man was reckless, authorities say, because the child was too young to be pulled on a tube, the man was traveling too fast for even an adult to be towed safely and because the child’s PFD was too large.

The man has claimed that his son was in the boat at the time of the accident and that he fell overboard during a turn when the boy was reaching to put a drink into a cup holder, reports say. After he turned himself in last month the father reportedly said he would fight the charges and would be “vindicated.”

— Jason Fell