The owner and manager of a Nassau County day care where a toddler choked to death on a carrot will not serve jail time, after pleading guilty yesterday to a misdemeanor charge of operating the business without a license. Eugene Formica, 65, owner of Carousel Day School, also pleaded guilty to second-degree reckless endangerment and is to serve three years of probation.
Two-year-old Olivia Raspanti died on March 17, 2009, after taking a baby carrot from a teacher’s bag and putting it in her mouth, according to authorities.
Prosecutors said Carousel lacked the correct license to look after toddlers and was understaffed.
It was licensed in September, Newsday reported.