Mother Charged After Teen Dies at Fort Niagara

September 6, 2011 Updated Nov 12, 2013 at 10:22 AM EDT

By Allen Leight

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September 6, 2011 Updated Nov 12, 2013 at 10:22 AM EDT

YOUNGSTOWN, NY (WKBW) - The mother of a young teen and a family friend are facing charges after a 14-year-old boy drowns in Lake Ontario during an event at Old Fort Niagara over the weekend.

New York State Parks Police say 14-year-old Alexander Montgomery was last seen alive around 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning when he left his bed in the North Redoubt inside Old Fort Niagara..

The teen was taking part in a War of 1812 re-enactment at Old Fort Niagara, and was staying on the Fort grounds during the encampent.

Police are not speculating how Montgomery wound up in the water, however an autopsy report confirms that the boy drown.

Montgomery was reported missing Sunday morning around 8:00 a.m., and shortly after 9:00 a.m., members of the U.S. Coast Guard had located and retrieved his body, which was found just feet from the Old Fort's northern break-wall.

State Parks Police say that according to witness reports, the 14-year-old had consumed alcohol the night before he died. Officials are awaiting the results of a toxicoligy report for more details.

As a result, State Parks Police have charged the teen's mother, 48-year-old Paula Montgomery, along with 50-year-old Peter Cooper, both of Orillia, Ontario with Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a Class A misdemeanor, along with State Park alcoholic beverage violations.

We have reached-out to the Old Fort Niagara Association, but they have refused to comment on the tragic incident.