The parents of a two-year-old girl who died at a Vaughan daycare last month have launched a $3.5-million lawsuit against the province and the daycare’s owners.
Eva Ravikovich died on July 8 while at an unlicensed home daycare on Yellowood Circle, near Highway 407 and Dufferin Street.
There are reports as many as 27 children were in the house at the time. But according to the provincial Day Nurseries Act, only five kids under the age of 10 are allowed at an unlicensed facility.
“We’ve been advised by the coroner’s office that the death of two-year old Eva Ravikovich was preventable,” said Patrick Brown, the lawyer representing parents Ekaterina Evtropova and Vycheslav Ravikovich.
“We hope this case serves as a stark reminder to daycare operators across Ontario to practice their due diligence so that no other parents will have to endure this kind of tragic loss.”
The daycare has since been shut down.
Brown alleges the daycare’s owner-operators were negligent because they failed to give Eva adequate care and supervision, exceeded the number of children allowed and their staff was not properly trained.
He also says Eva had serious injuries and was in pain before she died.
The suit claims Ontario’s Ministry of Education was also negligent in failing to properly inspect, investigate and regulate the daycare, which had been the subject of previous complaints.
“I do not want any other parents to suffer the loss of a child in a situation like this,” Evtropova said at a news conference on Thursday.
“I would say there is no meaning [to my life] now and I’m not trying to find it because nothing would ever replace her. I have no other choice — just to live.”
The ministry has launched an internal investigation after it learned two complaints were overlooked by its staff, and the province’s ombudsman is probing how the ministry monitors unlicensed daycares.
No charges have been laid.
Brown and Evtropva spoke about the lawsuit and Eva’s death at the Thursday news conference. Read CityNews reporter Cynthia Mulligan’s tweets below: