Vancouver daycare operator convicted in death of Baby Mac gets 20 months
An unlicensed Vancouver daycare operator who was convicted in the death of a toddler who came to be known as Baby Mac has been sentenced to 20 months in prison.
In April, Susy Yasmine Saad, 44, pleaded guilty to failing to provide the necessaries of life for nine children, including Mac Saini, a 16-month-old boy who died at the Olive Branch Family Daycare on Kitchener Street on Jan. 18, 2017.
Court heard that on the boy’s first full day in daycare, Saad put him down for a nap in a playpen on the third floor of the home. There was no baby monitor in the room and Saad did not check on him for at least an hour before the boy’s mom called to say she was coming to pick him up.
When Saad checked on him, the boy was unconscious and blue with a string of lights wrapped around and embedded in his neck. Attempts to resuscitate him failed and the child was pronounced dead.
At the time, Saad was operating an unlicensed daycare and was flouting regulations that required a maximum of two children. There were a total of six kids in the home at the time of the death.