NEWS
03/18/2016 10:31 EDT | Updated 03/19/2017 01:12 EDT

Owners of Vaughan daycare where girl, 2, died get 30 days for operating illegally

The owners of the Vaughan daycare where a two-year-old girl died were sentenced to 30 days in jail after being found guilty of operating an illegal daycare last month.

Ruslan Panfilova, 47, his wife Olena Panfilova, 50, and her daughter Karyna Rabadanova, 26, will also each have to pay a $15,000 fine and cannot ever operate another daycare. 

The defence had been asking for a fine-only sentence of $20,000 to $30,000, while the Crown was asking for three to six years in jail.

The three daycare operators will serve their 30 day sentences over weekends to allow them to work.

They were found guilty of operating an illegal child-care centre by a justice of the peace in a Newmarket court last month.

Olena Panfilova now faces an additional charge in connection with the illegal daycare. She was charged with manslaughter yesterday for the death of two-year-old Eva Ravikovich who died at the daycare in 2013.

"Essentially what we can say is we believe the death of this child is a direct result of the actions and the in-actions of the accused persons in this case, and the charges were ultimately laid following a long investigation as well as consultations with the Crown," York Regional Police Const. Laura Nicolle told CBC News on Thursday.

Twenty-seven other children and 14 dogs were in the facility on the day that the little girl was found without vital signs. No more than five children under the age of ten are allowed to be cared for in an unlicensed daycare.

A health inspector also said at the time that food that was either rotten or contaminated with listeria was found inside the house.

Police say their investigation remains ongoing and are still calling on anyone with information to come forward.