A heart-wrenching tragedy has struck a Bronx daycare as authorities investigate
its alleged connection to the drug trade.
One-year-old Nicholas Dominici lost his life after ingesting a lethal dose of fentanyl
at the Divino Nino Daycare, which has now been revealed as a front for drug-related
activities. His father, Otoniel Feliz, is grappling with grief and anger, emphasizing
that he took his child to daycare, not a place of mourning.
Nicholas was one of four young children exposed to the dangerously potent drug fentanyl
at the daycare in New York City. While Nicholas tragically succumbed to the exposure,
the other three toddlers survived with life-saving treatment.
Authorities believe the children were exposed to fentanyl when it was being cut, causing
some of it to enter the air, which they then breathed in. Grei Mendez De Ventura, 36, and
her neighbor Carlisto Acevedo Brito, 41, face a litany of charges, including murder, assault,
and child endangerment in connection with this horrific incident. A manhunt is also underway
for Ventura’s husband.
The devastated mother of the deceased child described Nicholas as highly intelligent and full
of love, cherished by everyone who knew him.
Inside the daycare, the police found a kilo press that can be used for large quantities of drugs.
Various drugs and equipment associated with narcotics manufacturing were also discovered,
confirming suspicions that the daycare was involved in illicit drug activities.
Fentanyl, a drug up to 50 times more potent than heroin, posed a deadly threat to the children.
Mayor Eric Adams stressed that Dominici’s tragic death underscores the city’s ongoing battle against
opioids and serves as a harrowing reminder of the dangers associated with opioids and fentanyl, even
when they are not intended for direct consumption.
Grei Mendez and Carlisto Acevedo Brito face multiple serious charges, including murder, assault,
and possession of narcotics, including fentanyl. This heart-breaking incident has raised questions
about the safety of childcare facilities and the importance of thorough vetting and oversight to
protect vulnerable children.