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2 arrests in daycare choking death

May 20, 2009 2:55:46 PM PDT
The owner and assistant director of a Long Island day care center where a 2-year-old choked to death on a carrot stick have been arrested. Details of the arrests will be announced by Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice on Wednesday. The defendants were identified as owner Eugene Formica (Fohr-MY'-kuh) and assistant director Kathryn Cordaro.

The child, Olivia Raspanti, died March 17 at the Carousel Day School in Hicksville.

State officials shut down the center the next day, saying there were no records of the facility being issued a license to operate a day care center.

Formica said the school was in compliance with all state day care regulations but never applied for a license.

Attorneys for Formica and Cordaro did not immediately return calls for comment.


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