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Babysitter charged in toddler's Pittsfield Township drowning

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    Elizabeth Zenda



ELYRIA – A 48-year-old babysitter has been indicted on involuntary manslaughter and child endangering charges after one child she was watching at her Pittsfield Township home drowned in a swimming pool.

A second child was also found in the pool but survived the Oct. 5 incident that claimed the life of a 22-month-old girl.

Elizabeth Zenda turned herself in at the Lorain County Jail on the charges earlier today and will be arraigned later this week.

According to a news release from county Sheriff’s Capt. Donald Barker, the two children, who were both under the age of 2, were able to get access to a swimming pool on the property.

Zenda and another person at the residence, where Zenda operated an in-home daycare, administered CPR to the children until emergency medical personnel arrived.

Read Tuesday’s Chronicle for more on this story.

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