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Parents react to guilty pleas in day care choking case

Lisa and Anthony Raspanti leave court after day

Lisa and Anthony Raspanti leave court after day care managers pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges. Credit: Howard Schnapp

 Lisa Raspanti blinked back tears Monday morning as she watched the owner of the day care center -- where her 2-year-old daughter choked and later died -- plead guilty to endangering the children in his care.

Eugene Formica, the owner of Carousel Day School in Hicksville, and Kathryn Cordaro, its manager, both pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges for running an unlicensed child care center. They will not serve time in jail.

"No court proceeding will ever bring Olivia back, but after 18 months, they were glad to hear Mr. Formica admit that his reckless acts led to the death of their daughter," said Joseph Conway of Mineola, who represents Olivia's parents, Lisa and Anthony Raspanti.

>> Read Ann Givens' full story

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