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Mother-Daughter Owners of California Daycare Arrested in Connection with 2 Toddlers Drowning in Pool

Co-Owners of California Daycare Arrested After 2 Toddlers Drown: Cops
Source: San Jose Police Department

Mother and daughter arrested after 2 children drown to death at their California daycare.

Oct. 16 2023, Published 4:30 p.m. ET

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A California mother and daughter were arrested after their two toddlers at their home-based daycare, Happy Happy Daycare, drowned to death in a pool on the property, RadarOnline.com has learned.

According to the Santa Clara District Attorney’s Office, Shahin Gheblehshenas, 64, left four children at the house under her daughter’s care on the morning of Oct. 2, as Front Page Detectives reported.

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Co-Owners of California Daycare Arrested After 2 Toddlers Drown: Cops
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The daughter was left with four children under her care when the incident took place.

Nina Fathizadeh, 31, was preparing breakfast while one of the children was in a crib and the other three children were in a rear play area, unsupervised and out of her sight, officials claimed.

After about five minutes after she put the three children in the play area, she found one floating in the pool and started CPR. Her brother found the other two young children unconscious in the deep end of the pool, according to authorities.

Co-Owners of California Daycare Arrested After 2 Toddlers Drown: Cops
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Three of the children were found floating in the pool in the backyard.

Officials said all three children were rushed to a nearby hospital, where Payton Cobb and Lilian Hanan were pronounced dead.

The third child was listed in critical condition, but is now expected to fully recover.

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Co-Owners of California Daycare Arrested After 2 Toddlers Drown: Cops
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The children were transported to a nearby hospital, where two passed away.

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Investigators determined a pool gate at the home daycare had been left propped open while someone watered plants.

The daycare co-owners, investigators claimed, allegedly failed to check the gate.

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Co-Owners of California Daycare Arrested After 2 Toddlers Drown: Cops
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The co-owners of the daycare turned themselves in to police on Oct. 13.

On Oct. 13, Fathizadeh and Gheblehshenas turned themselves in to the San Jose Police and each was charged with felony child endangerment, officials said.

They are scheduled for arraignment in early December.

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Authorities said the Happy Happy Daycare was licensed in January 2021 and the Department of Social Services has visited the business at least eight times since, including once about the pool. Officials said the mother and daughter were told at the time to adjust the pool fence.

In January 2023, the daycare was cited for three violations, but the business received no violations during a June inspection.

Earlier this month, a surprise inspection resulted in a citation in connection with the business owners allegedly failed to document safe sleep checks every 15 minutes.

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