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Shahin Gheblehshenas, 64, and Nina Fathizadeh, 41, are facing charges related to the deaths of two toddlers at their daycare, Happy Happy Daycare, according to a San Jose police news release.
As of Sunday, both have been arrested on charges such as “child neglect resulting in death, child endangerment and criminal negligence,” following the incident where two children were found in the facility’s swimming pool. Tragically, both children lost their lives, while a third child managed to survive the incident.
The Santa Clara County coroner’s office has named the deceased children as Payton Cobb of Hollister and Lillian Hanan of San Jose, both being one year old. A significant revelation came from the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, which stated that the children accessed the pool through “a gate left propped open,” with no one supervising them at the time.
KNTV notes that before this incident, state officials had identified issues with Happy Happy Daycare, citing them for “staffing and monitoring violations.”
Currently, lawyers for both daycare workers have yet to respond to requests for comment.