Babysitter in Pittsfield drowning case turns herself in

By Jonathan Delozier -



Involuntary manslaughter and child endangering charges have been filed in the October drowning death of Pittsfield Township toddler.

Elizabeth Zenda, 48, turned herself in Monday at the Lorain County Jail after a grand jury indictment was handed down.

She is being held on a $75,000 bond.

The incident took place Oct. 5 at a daycare center operated out of her home at 17853 West Rd., next to the Caley Reservation Metro Park.

That morning, Zenda and another person at the residence discovered two children — a 22-month-old girl and a 23-month-old boy — partially submerged and unconscious in a swimming pool and proceeded to give them CPR until Wellington firefighters arrived at 10:32 a.m.

Both toddlers were taken to Mercy Allen Hospital in Oberlin, where the tiny girl was pronounced dead. The boy was then taken by helicopter to Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in critical condition. He has steadily recovered.

The charges stem from an investigation regarding the security of a fence that surrounded the pool by the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office detective bureau.

Lorain County Job and Family Services is investigating whether the home was properly licensed to operate as a daycare, according to detectives.

Jonathan Delozier can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @DelozierNews on Twitter.


By Jonathan Delozier