03/18/2016 13:50 EDT | Updated 03/19/2017 01:12 EDT

Daycare operators get jail time and fine after toddler's death

TORONTO — Three people who ran a daycare north of Toronto where a toddler died nearly three years ago have been sentenced to 30 days in jail.

Ruslan Panfilova, his wife Olena Panfilova and her daughter Karyna Rabadanova were found guilty in February of operating an illegal daycare and were convicted under Ontario's Day Nurseries Act.

Their lawyer says the trio will serve their jail sentence intermittently on weekends starting Friday. They will also each have to pay a $15,000 fine with a victim surcharge.

Provincial rules say unlicenced daycares can only care for a maximum of five children under the age of 10, but there were 27 children at the daycare in Vaughan, Ont., on the day Eva Ravikovich died in July 2013.

Education Ministry officials later admitted they had failed to follow up on two of three complaints lodged against the daycare.

The sentences were issued a day after Olena Panfilova was criminally charged with manslaughter in connection with Eva's death.



The Canadian Press