Professor facing charges in connection with drowning death of son with special needs


A photo of Timothy Koets from the Grand Rapids Community College website. (Oct. 24, 2019)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WLNS) – A Grand Rapids Community College professor is facing manslaughter and child abuse charges in connection to the drowning of his 16-year-old son with special needs.

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office said its deputies arrested 50-year-old Timothy Koets without incident on campus today, according to our sister station WOODTV.

He’s facing charges of manslaughter, second-degree child abuse, second-degree child abuse committed in the presence of another child and fourth-degree child abuse.

On March 28, Koets’ 16-year-old son was found face down in the family’s backyard swimming pool.

The 16-year-old wasn’t breathing when firefighters pulled him from the water and began CPR, according to the sheriff’s office. The boy died shortly after arriving at the hospital.

The sheriff’s office said relatives of the teen were home at the time of his drowning. It’s unclear how he ended up in the above-ground pool.

Dave Murray, GRCC spokesman, says the situation is under review and he doesn’t know when the college will be making a comment.

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