Two 5-year-old girls drowned in a backyard swimming pool Sunday afternoon in Dallas, Ga. Sophia Juarez and Mia Penoyer were playing outside while live-in housekeeper and nanny Marta Sonia Corvi, 58, chatted on the phone with a man she met online, police say. According to Dallas police Sgt. Bill Gorman, Corvi was on the phone for 45 minutes between 2 p.m. and 2:45, and the girls drowned during that time. Sophia was the daughter of the homeowners, and Mia was Corvi’s granddaughter. Corvi has been charged with two counts of reckless conduct, a misdemeanor.
The Juarez family was out shopping when the incident occurred and “when [they] returned home, they were looking for their daughter, and her 10-year-old brother found both little girls at the bottom of the swimming pool,” said Gorman. Both girls were “not dressed for swimming,” Gorman added. According to Sophia’s father, Eduardo Juarez, Sophia was a good swimmer but Mia could not swim at all. ”The nanny is 100 percent responsible for all of this. We trusted her for taking care of our daughter, and instead, she got distracted on the phone,” Juarez said in an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. There were no witnesses and it was unclear how the girls got out of the house. Corvi thought the girls were upstairs when the family came home.