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Pediatrician Sentenced

By: Lisa Ferrari
By: Lisa Ferrari

December 21, 2005

The former UVA pediatrician convicted of abusing his baby daughter was sentenced Wednesday.

An Albemarle County judge sentenced Dr. Ian Gainov to the maximum of 10 years in jail but he suspended 8.5 years of that sentence.

The judge said he didn’t believe Gainov was trying to kill his daughter Megan when he repeatedly flushed her stuffy nose with water but he did think the doctor knew it was wrong.

His nine months old baby suffered from seizures and was diagnosed with water intoxication last year.

In October, Gainov was found guilty of felony child abuse in that incident.

In court Gainov made an emotional appeal to the judge saying he only acted with the best intentions.

Psychology reports admitted indicate Gainov suffers from a schizoid personality disorder.

Gainov will spend 18 months in jail. He will not be permitted to contact Megan and he has been ordered not to practice pediatric medicine in a way that would require him to see patients.

Gainov is being held at the Albemarle-Charlottesville regional jail in protective custody out of concern for his personal safety.


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