Day care owners charged in girl's fatal choking

The owners of a Hicksville day care center were indicted Wednesday on charges stemming from the choking death of a toddler last year.

Carousel Day School owner Eugene Formica and Assistant Director Kathryn Cordaro face charges including reckless assault of a child.

Two-year-old Olivia Raspanti choked to death on a carrot last March at the school. Prosecutors say the facility did not have a license to care for children that young.

Defense attorneys say that is just a technicality. They say their clients were unaware they had to re-apply for their toddler program after the school dropped its first grade program. Formica and Cordaro are due back in court April 14.

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