Thursday, February 7, 2013
A Taunton, New Jersey, grandmother who was warned to be more watchful with her young granddaughter has been charged with two counts of reckless endangerment in the toddler’s October 21, 2011 accidental drowning death. Rivera's daughter doesn't believe it was accidental.
Nance Rivera, 52, was just out of jail, living with her daughter and helping care for her granddaughter in October 2011 when 18 month-old Aylah Reed died during a bath, police said. Rivera’s own mother, the dead child’s great-grandmother, said she warned Rivera not to leave the child alone in the tub, but she often found Nance Rivera on the phone downstairs while the 19-month-old played alone in a tub upstairs.
Rivera has a 12 page rap sheet, mainly composed of drug crimes. Arrested in November 2012, after 13 months of investigation, the Latina grandmother faces up to 30 months in prison if convicted.