July 2019. Illustration of bathing at Lac du Bourget in Savoie. - Elisa Frisullo / 20 Minutes

The educator who accompanied the missing child at the end of July in the lake of Val Joyeux (Indre-et-Loire) was indicted for "manslaughter with deliberate violation of an obligation of prudence or security imposed by law or the regulation ”, announced Thursday the public prosecutor of Tours Grégoire Dulin.

The child, who was placed in a child welfare home of the departmental council of Indre-et-Loire, escaped the supervision of the educator during an outing to the Val Joyeux lake, Monday July 27. His body was found by divers the next day.

Access to water prohibited

The educator was placed under judicial supervision with a ban on exercising his profession, according to the prosecution. He was presented to an investigating judge on Tuesday at the end of his custody.

Three days before the drowning, the town hall of Château-la-Vallière had issued an order prohibiting access to the water, for lack of a lifeguard to supervise the swimming that day.

The “unauthorized” educator

The educator "was not authorized to accompany the children" as part of a swim, said the prosecutor. “He didn't have the necessary diplomas. He should have been accompanied by a person with diplomas to supervise the bathing, ”said the public prosecutor.


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