Charges filed in pool-party drowning at former state police captain’s home

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The family of a Massachusetts teen who drowned at a pool party the day he graduated high school is demanding answers — while the former state police captain who hosted the bash may be charged in the death.

Alonzo Polk, 17, of Dedham, died Sunday after he was pulled from the pool during a party in which alcohol was allegedly served to minors, according to reports. He had just graduated hours earlier with honors from Dedham High School.

Police filed a criminal complaint against the homeowners at 36 Netta Road Thursday, but would not release the identity of those charged pending a determination of probable cause.

Records from the Dedham assessor’s office show the home is owned by James Coughlin, a former Massachusetts State Police detective captain who recently ran for Norfolk County sheriff, according to The Boston Herald.

 “We are going to find out what happened to my son,” the boy’s mother, Debra Rowell, told reporters. “Everybody is still standing and my son is gone. And I want justice. I want justice and I am going to get it.”

The misdemeanor charges against the homeowners allege providing alcohol to persons under the age of 21 and reckless endangerment of a child.

“All we know is my son drowned at a graduation party,” said the boy’s father, Alonzo Polk. “He just graduated earlier in the day. Went to this pool party and he’s not here. Just found at the bottom of the pool.”

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