Magen David Adom ambulance 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
The Netanya Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday extended the arrest of Ivan Olos and
Olga Zvirov, the two people suspected of causing the death of a Netanya
Three-year-old Tali Darikova died Monday after being forgotten
in a van used to transport toddlers to and from a preschool in
Darikova was one of several preschool children collected on
Monday morning by Olos, the husband of the preschool teacher where the toddlers
were taken; Zvirov is a preschool assistant.
However, the child somehow
remained in the van when the other children were dropped off at their
kindergarten in Netanya.
It was only after Olos returned to the
kindergarten at around 2 p.m. to collect the children that he discovered
Darikova unconscious in the van. The threeyear- old had been trapped in the van
in searing temperatures for around six hours.
Olos called Magen David
Adom but paramedics were unable to resuscitate the Darikova, who was declared
dead at the scene.
Olos and Zvirov were arrested and questioned
extensively by police on Monday evening following the child’s death. The two are
being held on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter while police continue to
investigate the circumstances of Darikova’s death.
Attorney Rivka Hazan
Cohen, representing Zvikova, told the court on Tuesday that it was her client’s
ill-luck that she happened to be present in the van in which Darikova
According to Hazan Cohen, when the van arrived at the kindergarten,
Zvikova was immediately ordered to go and care for the children because the
regular kindergarten teacher was not there.
“She continued to care for
the children – including small infants – and she had no connection at all with
what happened, which was the responsibility of the driver,” said Hazan
Zvikova’s attorneys asked that their client be released to house
Olos’s attorney, Benny Nahari, told the court that Oslo’s world
fell apart after the tragedy and that he should be released to house arrest
while the police investigation into the child’s death takes place.
also said that the kindergarten teacher, who was also arrested yesterday and
questioned about Darikova’s death, was later released to house
“There’s an issue of discrimination here,” said Nahari. “Why
arrest my client?” However, Judge Hana Schnitzer Zaga said that both suspects
should remain in custody for several more days to allow the police to move
forward with the investigation into the child’s death. A confidential report
detailing the events leading up to Darikova’s death is being formulated by
According to the prosecution, at least five additional witnesses
will be questioned in connection with Darikova’s death.
The judge ruled
that Olos and Zvirov will remain in detention until the next hearing on August
Following the incident Monday, Magen David Adom head Eli Bin called
on parents to ensure their children’s safety in the hot summer
“Every summer we see difficult cases like this. I implore parents
to pay more attention to the presence and condition of children during the
summer months, in order to prevent similar incidents in the future,” said
Bin.Yaakov Lappin and Jerusalem Post staff contributed to this report.