Sentencing hearing today for Ontario daycare operator who left 2yearold in hot car


A sentencing hearing is scheduled today in a Newmarket, Ont., courthouse for an Ontario daycare operator who pleaded guilty in the death of two-year-old Eva Ravikovich after she was left in a parked car on a hot summer day in 2013.

Olena Panfilova, who owned the daycare in Vaughan, Ont., pleaded guilty last month to criminal negligence causing death nearly four years after the fact, and one year after she was found guilty under Ontario’s Day Nurseries Act of operating an illegal daycare.

Panfilova’s husband and adult daughter were also found guilty of the same charge last year, and the trio was sentenced to 30 days in jail, to be served intermittently on weekends, and given two years to each pay a $15,000 fine with a victim surcharge.

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Police say they were called to an unlicensed home daycare in Vaughan on July 8, 2013 over a report that a two-year-old girl had no vital signs.

Investigators said the daycare was taking care of 35 other children and 14 dogs on the premises.

Unlicensed daycare providers can legally care for no more than five children under the age of 10, in addition to their own children.

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According to the agreed statement of facts, Panfilova initially told paramedics and police that she put Eva down for a nap in the afternoon and found she was not breathing when she went to check up on her.

A lawsuit has since been launched against the province and daycare operator by Ravikovich’s family for $3.5 million.

-With files from The Canadian Press