In a developing story in the Bronx, two individuals have been indicted, while authorities are actively searching for a third suspect in connection with the fatal opioid incident at Divino Nino Daycare on Morris Avenue. Last Friday, emergency teams rushed to the scene following reports of cardiac arrest.
One-year-old Nicholas Dominici tragically lost his life, and three other young children were hospitalized due to suspected opioid exposure. The daycare was reportedly functioning within a converted apartment where drug manufacturing equipment, including a kilo press typically used in drug packaging, was found.
The accused, Carlisto Acevedo Brito, 41, and Grei Mendez, 36, face 11 charges comprising murder, manslaughter, and assault. The relationship between the accused has been established, with Brito renting a room from Mendez and being a cousin of Mendez’s husband. The arraignment details remain uncertain as Mendez was hospitalized. Meanwhile, the hunt is on for Mendez’s husband.
The children were believed to have ingested something around 1 p.m. before being laid down for a nap, post which three were discovered unconscious. Responding to the incident, a heartbroken Otoniel Feliz lamented the loss of his son, expressing anguish over the unexpected tragedy that unfolded at a place perceived to be safe.
A medical examiner is set to perform an autopsy to ascertain the exact cause of Dominici’s death, and tests will be conducted on the other affected children to identify the involved substances.
Officials highlighted that the daycare facility, catering to children aged 6 weeks to 12 years, had recently passed a city inspection without any violations. Further investigations into potential environmental hazards have been initiated. A grand jury is expected to convene this Thursday as authorities work tirelessly to bring justice in this distressing case.