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Zenda pleads not guilty in Pittsfield Township death of toddler in her care

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    Elizabeth Zenda appears in court for her arraignment on charges related to the drowning death of a toddler in her care.

    BRUCE BISHOP / CHRONICLE

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ELYRIA — A baby sitter facing involuntary manslaughter and child endangering charges over the drowning death of a child in her care pleaded not guilty Thursday during her arraignment in Lorain County Common Pleas Court.

Elizabeth Zenda, 48, was freed on bond after being booked into Lorain County Jail earlier this week.

Her defense attorney, Doug Merrill, declined to comment on the case after Thursday’s hearing.

County sheriff’s deputies have said 22-month-old Annie Flynn and her cousin, then-23-month-old Jaxon Flynn, were left unattended Oct. 5 at the Pittsfield Township home where Zenda operated an in-home day care.

The two children got into the above-ground pool at the house. Deputies have said Zenda and another person who was at the home tried to administer lifesaving aid to the children.

Annie drowned. Jaxon was taken to University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital and Cleveland for treatment. He has since recovered.

Zenda is due back in court next week.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @BradDickenCT.



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