Toronto Sun

Tuesday, September 17, 2002

Manslaughter rap

Mother faces new charge in dehydration death of daughter, 2

By SAM PAZZANO AND JASON TCHIR, TORONTO SUN

A young mom was charged yesterday with manslaughter in the dehydration death of two-year-old Adrianna DaSilva and freed on $25,000 bail.

Clara DaSilva, 22, was released under strict conditions that amount to house arrest in her father's Toronto home. DaSilva was originally charged with criminal negligence causing death but the additional charge of manslaughter was added after further investigation, the court heard.

Outside the courthouse, DaSilva blanketed her face with her hair as she and her dad, Anthony DaSilva, scrambled down Yonge St. to avoid cameramen.

Clara's mother and sister, both of Montreal, were also there yesterday.

"This has been a very difficult time for us. She made mistakes. We all do," said her father, who posted surety. "I'm her father. If I don't give her a second chance, no one will."

The toddler died Sept 9. Police sources have told The Sun that Clara DaSilva was allegedly partying and left the child alone for up to 25 hours in a fourth-floor apartment on Biggin Ct., near Victoria Park and Eglinton Aves. It didn't have air conditioning.

The toddler's father, Mark Yetman, decided not to attend the bail hearing.

"I don't even want to see her now," said Yetman, a 25-year-old delivery driver. "The only thing I would want to ask her is why? Even though I had to work that Monday morning, she could have called me."

The couple met in 1999 and split a year and a half ago.

Yetman said Adrianna was "a sweetheart, a little angel."

"She was such a fighter. She was born three months premature and had fought her way through," Yetman said. "There was no stopping her, until last Monday."

Yetman said DaSilva called him in a panic that day and said the toddler had stopped breathing.

"When I got there, Adrianna was already gone," he said.

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