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Sheriff recommends no charges for grieving father arrested at scene of accident

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The Sheriff in White County said he will send a letter to the district attorney recommending that a grieving father not be charged after he was arrested at the scene of an accident where his daughter died a month earlier.

Shannon Hamilton was arrested for trying to put guardrails up near a small bridge where his 16-year-old daughter and her friend died in March. They both drowned in a creek after the car they were driving went over a small bridge in the town of Cleveland.

Hamilton said he understands why he was arrested and isn't upset with police. Instead, he says he needed to take it upon himself to do whatever he could to make sure no family loses a loved one as he did weeks earlier.

"When you're a grieving parent, you do want you're got to do," Hamilton said. "Almost 30 days went by, so I took things into my own hands."

Sheriff Neal Walden said that Hamilton's actions broke the law, but added that Hamilton knew he violated the law. Sheriff Walden considers grief and emotions as the reason behind the Hamilton's actions, and said so in his recommendation to District Attorney Jeff Langley.

County officials said they expect new rails to be put up within two weeks.

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