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Woman takes plea in connection with Pittsfield Township child drowning

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    Tanya Zenda



OBERLIN — The daughter-in-law of Elizabeth Zenda was found guilty of misdemeanor child endangering Wednesday afternoon in Oberlin Municipal Court.

Tanya Zenda, 22, of Pittsfield Township, pleaded no contest to child endangering involving a family or household member as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors and was found guilty by Judge Thomas Januzzi.

During the trial of Elizabeth Zenda in June, Tanya Zenda testified that she was visiting with her mother-in-law while Elizabeth Zenda was baby-sitting 22-month-old Annie Flynn and her two cousins, 21-month-old Jaxon and 3-year-old Gavin Flynn. The children were playing outside, along with Tanya Zenda’s 2-year-old son, Danny.

While the women were inside talking and looking at social media, Danny came in and Tanya Zenda noticed his legs were wet. She and Elizabeth Zenda ran out and checked the above-ground swimming pool, finding Annie and Jaxon Flynn floating in the pool.

Annie Flynn died later that day at the hospital, and Jaxon Flynn suffered brain damage, according to trial testimony.

Elizabeth Zenda was found guilty and was sentenced to four years in prison.

Tanya Zenda was charged in August with the misdemeanor charge.

As part of the plea agreement, Tanya Zenda was sentenced to 30 days in jail, which was suspended as long as she leads a “law-abiding life” for three years, doesn’t have a similar offense or domestic violence charge for three years and attends a parenting class.

She was also put on probation for 10 months and fined $250.

Contact Scott Mahoney at (440) 329-7146 or smahoney@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @SMahoneyCT.

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