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The operator of an unlicensed West Knox County day care where twin toddlers drowned last year now faces criminal charges.

A grand jury indicted Jennifer Salley, 35, on two counts of criminally negligent homicide in connection to the deaths of Elijah and Elyssa Orejuela.

On July 20, the twins were found in the deep end of the swimming pool at the home where Salley had been operating a day care called Om Baby.

The toddlers, who were nearly 2 years old, were rushed to East Tennessee Children's Hospital. Elyssa died later the same day. Elijah was pronounced dead two days later.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office launched an investigation that culminated in an indictment being returned last week.

The twins' parents filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Salley in federal court last month, seeking damages that could total more than $50 million.

The lawsuit claims Salley left the toddlers unattended long enough that they were able to get out of a bedroom, move around inside the house, go outside, get onto the deck, pass through one or more gates into the backyard and fall into the swimming pool.
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bmoore77

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Such a preventable, awful tragedy. Unfortunately, the parents do bear some responsibility for using an unlicensed care provider. She could have been a family friend or something, but that would only make it worse.
 

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