Grandmother arraigned in Mass. girl's death
TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) -- A Taunton grandmother has been arraigned on child endangerment charges after she allegedly left her granddaughter unattended in a bathtub last year and the baby slipped underwater and later died.
Nance Rivera had a not guilty plea entered Wednesday on her behalf at Taunton District Court and was ordered held on $2,500 bail.
Prosecutors say the 52-year-old Rivera was downstairs on the phone when 19-month-old Aylah Reed went underwater in a bathtub Rivera had overfilled in October 2011. The baby was rushed to the hospital and died two months later.
The Taunton Gazette reported that the judge questioned why prosecutors took so long to bring the case, but cited Rivera's 12-page criminal record in deciding to set bail. The baby's mother, Joselyn Principe, stormed from the courtroom, angry at what she considered low bail.