STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — A lifeguard who was on duty at a Connecticut sports complex when a young boy nearly drowned has pleaded not guilty to charges of reckless endangerment and risk of injury to a child.
An attorney for 23-year-old Zachary Stein, of New Canaan, entered the plea Tuesday in a Stamford courtroom.
Investigators say Stein did not appear to be distracted while working at Chelsea Piers Connecticut in Stamford on Aug. 3, but surveillance video shows he didn’t notice the 5-year-old boy underwater for about four minutes.
Stein then pulled the boy from the water and gave him CPR.
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His lawyer says he is “immensely relieved” that the child survived and said a mistake does not constitute a crime.
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