Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Two school district workers are on leave while police investigate the drowning of a young girl with autism

From The Associated Press (via The Mercury News)

PALM SPRINGS, Calif.—The Palm Springs school district says two of its workers are on paid leave pending results of a criminal investigation into the drowning of a 5-year-old autistic girl.

Elva Lerma and Sixto Mitre were among the three coaches supervising Anyah Raven Glossinger on Jan. 23 when she was pulled from a mineral pool while undergoing hydrotherapy.

Glossinger, who was legally blind and had low-functioning autism, was taking part in the United Cerebral Palsy's Little Bridges after-school program.

Desert Hot Springs police Sgt. Radames Gil said his department is investigating the girl's death and will forward findings to the Riverside County District Attorney.

The California Department of Social Services shut down the Little Bridges Program in April.