Day­care operator de­nies wrong­do­ing in tod­dler’s death

The Prince George Citizen - - Sports -

VAN­COU­VER — The operator of a Van­cou­ver day­care where a tod­dler was found dead more than two years ago is deny­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for the death.

In court doc­u­ments filed with the Bri­tish Columbia Supreme Court, lawyers for Suzy Saad say the death was a tragedy but not the re­sult of neg­li­gence.

They say Saad met the req­ui­site stan­dard of care and acted in ac­cor­dance with provin­cial law.

Ma­callan (Mac) Saini was found dead at the Olive Branch Day­care in East Van­cou­ver on Jan. 18, 2017.

A law­suit filed by the tod­dler’s mother, Shel­ley Shep­pard, al­leges he choked on an elec­tri­cal cord and claims he died in the fa­cil­ity be­cause he was left alone.

None of the al­le­ga­tions have been proven in court.

Doc­u­ments filed with the court also ac­cuse Van­cou­ver Coastal Health Au­thor­ity and the Min­istry of Chil­dren and Fam­ily De­vel­op­ment of fail­ing to warn par­ents or close the fa­cil­ity de­spite mul­ti­ple complaints of over­crowd­ing or op­er­at­ing without a li­cence.

The health au­thor­ity and min­istry say they in no way con­trib­uted to the 16-month-old boy’s death.

The min­istry said in Fe­bru­ary that it never re­ceived or in­ves­ti­gated complaints about Saad op­er­at­ing an un­li­censed day­care with too many chil­dren in care.

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