FEB. 1 — A Colorado father was sentenced to 60 days in jail this week in connection with the drowning death of his 2-year-old son.
The man, who is 44, waived a scheduled preliminary hearing in district court last September, according to a report in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain News. Authorities say the man was towing his son on a tube behind his boat on CarterLake, west of Loveland, Colo., in July when the child fell into the lake and drowned. Authorities argued that 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 the child’s PFD was too large.
A Larimer (Colo.) CountyDistrict Court judge said the man showed poor judgment, the report says. The man has said 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. Both the father and another passenger say they did not see the boy disappear into the water.
Despite the 2,000 hours volunteers and underwater specialists searched the lake, the boy’s body has not been found, the Rocky Mountain News report says.
— Jason Fell