Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Abuse charges likely against boy's father in Boating Incident

 Searchers who have spent the past four weeks looking for 2-year-old Shay Smith's body in Carter Lake are now dealing with the empty and sad ending to a tragic tale.

Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden on Tuesday announced he is asking the district attorney's office to charge Shay's father, Gil Dwayne Smith, 44, of Longmont, with child abuse resulting in death.

The search for the toddler was called off Monday night.

After weeks of believing Smith's story that Shay fell off the back of the boat, investigators now believe he was being towed on a "Super Screamer" tube traveling between 20 and 30 mph with no one but his 3-year-old brother watching and a life jacket too big for his 25-pound frame when he went into the water.

Video on the story.

Larimer County Sheriff's Office Release.


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