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Trial begins for baby sitter charged in child's death

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    Elizabeth Zenda

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ELYRIA — The trial of a baby sitter facing involuntary manslaughter and child endangering charges over the drowning of a child in her care is set to begin today.

Elizabeth Zenda, 49, of Wellington, was operating an in-home day care out of her Pittsfield Township home Oct. 5, 2016, and was watching 22-month-old Annie Flynn and her cousin, then-23-month-old Jaxon Flynn.

County sheriff’s deputies have said the cousins were left unattended, and the two got into an above-ground swimming pool.

Annie and Jaxon were discovered in the pool about 10:30 a.m., deputies have said. Zenda and another person at the residence administered CPR to the children until emergency medical personnel arrived.

Annie died while Jaxon was transported to University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland. He has recovered.

Zenda was indicted on the charges by a Lorain County grand jury four months later on Feb. 24, 2017, according to court documents. She is free on bond.

Zenda has waived her right to a jury trial and has elected for a bench trial. The trial will be before Judge James Miraldi and is scheduled to begin 8:30 a.m. this morning, according to court documents.

Contact Scott Mahoney at 329-7146 or smahoney@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @SMahoneyCT.


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