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Jury Selection Begins In Day Care Couple's Involuntary Manslaughter Trial
Updated May 14, 2014 6:46 AM | Filed under: Crime
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(FISHERS) - Jury selection is underway in the trial of Saundra and Daniel Wahl, a Fishers couple charged with involuntary manslaughter.

The Wahls run Home Away From Home day care, where Anthony DiRienzo, 20 months, was found wedged between the wall and the vertical bar of a swinging metal baby gate, according to court documents.

DiRienzo died June 20, 2013.

The latch on the baby gate was broken, and the Wahls were aware that the latch was broken and tried to mitigate the risk by placing a rocking chair and swing against the gate, Detective David Finn of the Fishers Police Department said in the affidavit.

According to documents just obtained by Kenney, the Family and Social Services Administration has officially revoked the license for Home Away from Home as of April 24 and the day care no longer appears on Carefinder, the state's database of licensed providers.

FSSA spokeswoman Marni Lemons told Kenney the Wahls still have a week left to seek judicial review of FSSA's decision.

Under state law, the Wahls could still operate with five or fewer unrelated children as an unlicensed provider.

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration Bureau of Child Care visited the home of Saundra and Daniel Wahl on June 24, several days after DiRienzo died, and cited the day care for lack of supervision the day the child died.

FSSA inspectors also found Home Away From Home was not meeting proper child-to-staff ratio requirements, and the state issued a probationary license on July 1.

Inspectors returned July 16 and found the same violations, including two infants in "pack and plays behind a closed door."

"They were not meeting the supervision requirement of leaving the doors open," read the FSSA document. "On this day there were 4 children under 16 months of age and 1 over 24 mos inside with Mrs. Wahl while the other 7 children were outside with Mr. Wahl. This would have required 2 staff inside the home with the 5 children."

The Wahls' defense attorney, Jim Crum, has declined to provide a statement regarding the case.



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