updated 5/31/2007 5:42:17 PM ET 2007-05-31T21:42:17

A teenage girl could face criminal charges after the two toddlers she was baby-sitting drowned in a nearby pond in a rural Pennsylvania town.

The coroner says the deaths were accidental. But the 18-year-old, who is related to one of the girls, could be held responsible if she is found to have been negligent or reckless.

The baby sitter told state police she put the girls down for a nap Wednesday and took a nap herself. When she woke up, she said the two girls were missing from the house.

She called rescuers after she found the girls floating in the pond. Rescuers say the teen was frantically trying to help the children when they arrived.

The district attorney on the case says the length of time the baby sitter was asleep will be "pretty important" in the case.

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