Guilty Plea in L.I. Toddler Choke Death by Carrot

Monday, Oct 4, 2010  |  Updated 5:15 PM EDT
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Guilty Plea in L.I. Toddler Choke Death by Carrot

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The owner and former assistant director of a daycare center where a 2-year-old choked to death have pleaded guilty to criminal charges.

The owner and former assistant director of a daycare center where a 2-year-old choked to death have pleaded guilty to criminal charges.
 
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said Carousel Day School owner Eugene Formica pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment on Monday. He will receive three years probation under the plea agreement.

  The former assistant director, Kathryn Cordaro, pleaded guilty to running an unlicensed daycare center for toddlers. She will receive a conditional discharge.
 
Olivia Raspanti choked on a carrot on March 17, 2009. Authorities said she got it from a teacher's tote bag.
 
Rice said the corporation that operates the Hicksville facility pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment and running an unlicensed daycare for toddlers and preschoolers. It will be fined $15,000.

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