Woman pleads guilty to death of child forgotten in hot car

A woman has pleaded guilty to the deadly oversight which caused the death of a child in her charge on a hot summer day in 2013. Olena Panfilova was operating an unlicensed daycare in York Region when she unloaded children from her van and forgot that Eva Ravikovich, 2, was still in a car seat inside the vehicle. It was not until eight hours later that the child was discovered dead from the heat. The case is more egregious because Panfilova lied to authorities that Eva had died in her sleep. She will face sentencing for the criminal negligence charge on May 19. In an email to The Canadian Press, a lawyer representing Eva’s parents said now that the criminal proceedings have concluded, the lawsuit against the daycare operators and the Ministry of Education can move forward.

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