Authorities said violence overnight in north Philadelphia claimed the lives of two men and left another in critical condition.

Police said a 53-year-old man was beaten to death outside his home late on Thursday night in the Fairhill section of the city. Chief Inspector Scott Small said a man was seen running from the scene, possibly with a metal object in his hand.

Shortly after that, two men were gunned down along a west Kensington street. Police said a 21-year-old man and a 37-year-old man were standing on the sidewalk when they were hit by bullets.

They were rushed to Temple University Hospital, where the 37-year-old victim died and the other man was in critical condition.

 

Day care owner admits fraud; awaits trial in death

A former day care owner awaiting trial in a boy’s drowning has admitted she illegally took $1.4 million in public child care subsidies.

Tianna Edwards ran the center in another woman’s name because her criminal background disqualified her as a provider, prosecutors said.

Edwards, 32, pleaded guilty on Thursday in federal court to wire fraud for taking public funds to run two Philadelphia centers from 2008 to 2012. She spent some of the money on lifestyle expenses and gambling, prosecutors said in court papers.

One of the two centers had been closed over alleged violations in 2012 when a boy from the second center drowned during a group outing. Isear Jeffcoat, 7, was found in a murky pool at the home of Edwards’ mother, authorities said.

Edwards is expected to go to trial this fall on involuntary manslaughter charges in the boy’s death.

“It’s a tragedy what happened to that child, obviously, but she was not there,” defense lawyer Michael Giampietro said. Edwards had left the group in the care of her employees, he said.

Although Edwards named another woman’s name on Department of Public Welfare paperwork and forged her signature on checks and paperwork. She called the centers “Tianna’s Terrific Tots.” Her lengthy criminal record includes felony retail theft and a gun charge.

She faces up to 20 years in prison on each of five federal wire counts, along with $1.4 million in restitution. She remains in custody on the manslaughter charge.

 

— Compiled by The Associated Press

Contact staff writer Larry Miller at 215-893-5782 or lmiller@phillytrib.com.

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