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Diana Ornelas arrested for murder during pre-k nap at Stanford



A preschool teacher at elite Stanford University has been arrested for murder – while her child students were napping, officials say.

Diana Ornelas, 22, was arrested in the murder of 24-year-old Oliver Waterfall while working for the top college daycare center in California on Wednesday, according to the Stanford Daily.

“The arrest took place at nap time, and outside the perimeter of the CCSC [Children’s Center of the Stanford Community] Campus. The children were not present when this happened and it did not disrupt operations,” CCSC officials wrote to the parents.

The daycare caters exclusively to the children of Stanford staff and students as an independent nonprofit organization, its website says.

Waterfall’s body was found along a highway in Santa Cruz County on April 11.

He had been shot about a month before, officials said.

Police suspect Ornelas of being friends with both the victim and 27-year-old Dennis Novoa – who has also been charged in the Waterfall shooting death, the outlet said.

The motive was not immediately clear.

Ornelas was fired from her job after the arrest, according to the letter to the parents.

Diana Ornelas, 22, of Santa Clara, has been charged with the murder of Oliver Waterfall, 24, of San Jose.
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Dennis Novoa, 27, of San Jose has also been charged with the murder.
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Ornelas was a teacher at the Stanford Community Children’s Center, which provides childcare services to Stanford University students and staff.
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She was sentenced to be held without bail.

She and Novoa are scheduled for arraignment on May 17.


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