Woman found guilty in toddler’s drowning death at day care


ELYRIA (AP) — An Ohio woman has been found guilty in the death of a toddler who crawled beneath a fence and drowned in a swimming pool at her home day care.

The Morning Journal reports a Lorain County judge found 49-year-old Elizabeth Zenda, of Pittsfield Township in northeast Ohio, guilty of involuntary manslaughter and two counts of child endangering Friday in the October 2016 death of 22-month-old Annie Flynn.

The toddler’s 21-month-old cousin also was found in the pool that day. He was revived but still suffers from brain damage.

Authorities say the toddlers got into the pool after crawling through a 7-inch gap beneath a swinging gate.

Zenda testified she did not sit outside with the children while they played but believed her backyard was safe.

Sentencing is July 26.

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