Lifeguard charged after saving kid

STAMFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) – An unprecedented criminal case is unfolding in Fairfield County, Connecticut.

A lifeguard, credited with saving a young boy’s life, is now being charged for putting him in danger.

As CBS2’s Hazel Sanchez reported, 23-year-old lifeguard Zachary Stein helped save 5-year-old Adam Khattak, who nearly drowned at a splash pool at Chelsea Piers in Stamford. But police weren’t praising Stein’s actions Wednesday; they arrested him for endangering Khattak’s life.

“There are certain distractions with kids splashing and what not, but this is a small pool, and we believe it should’ve been noticed sooner,” said Tom Barcello, of the Stamford Police Department.

The American Lifeguard Association said this is the first time a lifeguard has been criminally charged for a near-fatal drowning.

“Zach saved this child’s life. He was the first person to pull this child out of the water and administered life-saving CPR,” Stein’s attorney, Mark Sherman, said. “Now you just can’t make every accident or mistake a crime.”

Stamford police said they reviewed surveillance video, showing the child under water for nearly four minutes. Police said fewer than eight other children were in the pool and Stein was the only lifeguard stationed there.

“He did do his lap, like he normally does, but he just failed to see the kid underwater,” Barcello said.

When Stein finally saw the boy, police said he jumped in and helped perform CPR, reviving the child.

Chelsea Piers released a statement, saying, “This was a terrible accident. We are surprised to learn of the arrest, particularly when the lifeguard charged was one of the first responders, who has been credited by the Stamford Police and others with helping to save the boy’s life.”

“He wasn’t drunk, he wasn’t texting, he wasn’t talking to other girls or other lifeguards or other people. He was doing his job,” Sherman said.

Sanchez spoke with Khattak’s mother at their New Canaan home, who said her son is recovering well. She declined to comment on what happened at the pool or the lifeguard charged with endangering her little boy’s life.

Stein has resigned from Chelsea Piers, after working there as a full-time lifeguard for five years. He’s charged with reckless endangerment and risk of injury to a minor.

Oh Fuck that shit

This thread should be subtitled "Let's see who has enough brain power to read 2 sentences beyond the headlines."

I bet this thread will be a shining example of the reading power of the average OGer: below the 3rd grade.

Lifeguards are not infallible. Where was the child's parents?

If the cops think they can do better, they need to post up at the point then.

Four minutes? I just watched flatliners last night. Hope that kid wasn't. Bully.

ausgepicht - This thread should be subtitled "Let's see who has enough brain power to read 2 sentences beyond the headlines."

I bet this thread will be a shining example of the reading power of the average OGer: below the 3rd grade.


I read the whole thing and the charges stink.  If the lifeguard was drunk or not paying attention, there is a case for negligence.  But from the sound of it he was doing his job but just missed the kid at first who was submerged.  Then considering he actually saved the boys life the charges are beyond absurd.



If they do this then they also need to start arresting cops for not responding to life threatening calls fast enough and firemen who don't get to a burning house quickly enough.  Even if they save their lives.

He was arrested for not saving the kid fast enough? lol wtf

Yeah I read the entire thing too. Still doesn't seem right but would like to see the full video.

Charges won't stick IMO.

Man, I assume the kids parents must be getting charged with attempted murder then... 

Fucked up precedent to set.

ryanJ - 

Man, I assume the kids parents must be getting charged with attempted murder then... 



The owners of the pool are the real criminals here.  I hope they get the death penalty.  Or at least sent to Gitmo.

bigtree421 - 
ausgepicht - This thread should be subtitled "Let's see who has enough brain power to read 2 sentences beyond the headlines."

I bet this thread will be a shining example of the reading power of the average OGer: below the 3rd grade.

Are you saying he should be charged? 


Thanks for "leading" the way.

So, you need the OP AND my post explained to you? If you think life is tough now, wait until you master the 4th grade.

darren23372 - Fucked up precedent to set.

They'll see how it plays out when nobody wants to play lifeguard anymore. 

ausgepicht - 
bigtree421 - 
ausgepicht - This thread should be subtitled "Let's see who has enough brain power to read 2 sentences beyond the headlines."

I bet this thread will be a shining example of the reading power of the average OGer: below the 3rd grade.

Are you saying he should be charged? 


Thanks for "leading" the way.

So, you need the OP AND my post explained to you? If you think life is tough now, wait until you master the 4th grade.

What exactly are you bringing to this thread?

So far no one has misread the article.

Soup and Beer -
ryanJ - 

Man, I assume the kids parents must be getting charged with attempted murder then... 



The owners of the pool are the real criminals here.  I hope they get the death penalty.  Or at least sent to Gitmo.

The owners?  You fucking idiot

 

 

its the guys who built the pool. 

Disbar those prosecutors

This is kind of a mind blowing story, I could kind of understand if the parents had brought a civil suit, but to be arrested and criminally charged.... And What parent leaves a toddler in a splash pool and relying on a lifeguard

Fake Pie - Charges won't stick IMO.

Regardless, it'll still be damaging to his life.  First, he'll have to spend thousands (possibly 10s of thousands) to defend against it.  Secondly, anytime someone googles his name, these articles about him being "a negligent lifeguard that endangered a 5yo" will come up.  Potential employers, girlfriends, etc.