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Daughter-in-law of baby sitter convicted in Pittsfield child drowning served with misdemeanor warrant (UPDATED)

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    Tanya Zenda

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PITTSFIELD TWP. — The daughter-in-law of a woman convicted in the death of 22-month-old Annie Flynn was served Tuesday with a warrant for misdemeanor child endangerment, Lorain County Sheriff’s Capt. Don Barker said.

Tanya Zenda was served with the warrant at her home at 9:08 a.m.

Tanya Zenda is the daughter-in-law of Elizabeth Zenda, who was sentenced in July to four years in prison for involuntary manslaughter and endangering children.

Elizabeth Zenda was watching Annie Flynn and her cousin, then 21-month-old Jaxon Flynn, in 2016 when both children were found floating in a pool at the baby sitter’s at-home day care center. Annie died, and Jaxon sustained serious brain injuries. According to investigators, the children were left unsupervised for seven to eight minutes.

Detectives said Tanya Zenda was at the at-home day care center with her 2-year-old son on the day of Annie Flynn’s death. Her child also went into the pool and returned to his mother with his clothing soaking wet, authorities said.

Her son, according to a police report, was fortunate not to have died from drowning, as the report noted he was unsupervised with Jaxon and Annie.

Oberlin Municipal Court issued the warrant for her arrest Aug. 15, with bond set at $1,000. She will be arraigned at 8:20 a.m. today.

Contact Bruce Walton at 329-7123 or bwalton@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Facebook @BWalton440 or Twitter @BruceWalton.


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