Fundraisers underway for parents of 18-month-old girl who drowned at San Jose daycare

Payton Cobb and 16-month-old Lillian Hanan died earlier this month after falling into a pool at Happy Happy Home Daycare.

SAN JOSE, Calif. – A pair of online fundraisers are underway for the parents of an 18-month-old girl who drowned earlier this month at an in-home daycare in San Jose.

Payton Cobb, of Hollister, died Oct. 2 after becoming entangled in a pool at Happy Happy Home Daycare with two other children. Lillian Hanan, a 16-month-old San Jose resident, died as well. A 2-year-old boy survived and will likely recover.

Shahin Gheblehshenas, 64, and Nina Fathizadeh, 41, the daycare’s mother-daughter owners, have been charged with three counts of felony child endangerment.

The children were left unsupervised in a rear patio play area where a gate to a fence surrounding the pool was propped open, according to an investigation conducted by the San Jose Police Department and the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office.

One of the fundraisers for Payton’s parents, Jacob and Anjel Cobb, described her as a “beautiful, energetic, joyful, and very personable little girl.”

“She brightened every day for Jacob and Anjel,” said Jeanna LeFave, the fundraiser’s organizer.

As of Tuesday afternoon, LeFave’s fundraiser had raised more than $27,635, far exceeding its $20,000 goal.

Erica Alcaine, the organizer of the second fundraiser, expressed gratitude to donors.

“Your gift will assist the family in any way needed to honor Baby Payton’s memory,” she went on to say.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Alcaine’s fundraiser had raised approximately $8,617 of its $10,000 goal.

Keep checking back for updates.

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