Knoxville babysitter charged in twins’ drowning deaths appears in court Friday


Jennifer Salley appears in court at a plea deadline in Knoxville, TN. Jan. 31, 2020. Source: WATE/ Dave Killebrew

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – The Knoxville babysitter accused of negligence in the drowning deaths of twin toddlers appeared in court Friday morning to face a plea deadline.


Jennifer Salley is charged with two counts of criminally negligent homicide. Salley was the owner of OM Baby, a West Knoxville in-home day care.

The brother and sister twins, Elyssa and Elijah Orejulah were found in the deep end of the swimming pool in July 2018. Their parents have filed a lawsuit against Salley.

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A motion hearing in the case was set for Thursday, Feb. 13. Her trial is slated to start on March 23.

The home day care was never licensed as a day care by the state Department of Human Services, according to a spokesperson.


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