A mother and daughter now face charges in the deaths of two children at their daycare facility, California police reported.
Shahin Gheblehshenas, 64, and Nina Fathizadeh, 41, were arrested Friday, Oct. 13, following the Oct. 2 deaths, San Jose police said in a news release.
They face charges including child neglect resulting in death, child endangerment and criminal negligence, police said.
The charges stem from the deaths of two children found in a swimming pool at Happy Happy Daycare, police said. A third child found in the pool survived.
The daycare did not immediately respond to McClatchy News’ request for comment.
Santa Clara County coroner’s officials identified the two children as Payton Cobb of Hollister and Lillian Hanan of San Jose, both 1 year old, KNTV reported.
Nobody was watching the children when they got into the swimming pool through a gate left propped open, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office said in a news release.
One employee had called in sick and Gheblehshenas had gone to another, unlicensed daycare facility, leaving only Fathizadeh to watch the kids, the district attorney’s office said.
State officials had earlier cited Happy Happy Daycare for staffing and monitoring violations, according to KNTV.
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