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Daughter-in-law of baby sitter convicted in Pittsfield child drowning arraigned

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    Tanya Zenda



OBERLIN — Tanya Zenda pleaded not guilty to child endangerment during her arraignment before Oberlin Municipal Court Judge Thomas Januzzi on Wednesday morning.

Authorities arrested Zenda on Tuesday at her Pittsfield Township home after a warrant was issued on the misdemeanor charge.

Authorities accused Zenda of leaving her then 2-year-old son unsupervised near the pool at her mother-in-law Elizabeth Zenda’s at-home day care in 2016.

Elizabeth Zenda was sentenced in July to four years in prison for involuntary manslaughter and endangering children. She was watching 22-month-old Annie Flynn and her cousin, then 21-month-old Jaxon Flynn, in 2016 when both children were found floating in a pool at the home. Annie died, and Jaxon suffered serious brain injuries.

According to investigators, the children were left unsupervised for seven to eight minutes.

Detectives said Tanya Zenda was at the home with her 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; the report noted he was unsupervised with Jaxon and Annie.

Zenda declined to comment on the case Tuesday. Her pretrial is scheduled for 2:10 p.m. Sept. 25.

Contact Bruce Walton at 329-7123 or by email at Like him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter @BruceWalton.

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