EXCLUSIVE: Cops remove multiple drugs from Bronx daycare after 1-year-old dies, three more children rushed to hospital after eating fentanyl
- ‘Multiple drugs and related paraphernalia’ taken from Bronx daycare
- Four children under the age of three “ingested fentanyl” while at the scene
- One of the women suspected of running the daycare was detained for questioning.
“Multiple drugs” and supplies were removed from a Bronx daycare where a one-year-old boy died and three others were rushed to hospital after ingesting fentanyl, MailOnline.com can reveal.
Nicholas Dominici has been identified as the small child who died during the horrific scene which took place around 2:40 p.m. Friday afternoon.
Police tape had been removed from the street and hung outside the door of the Divino Nino daycare on Morris Avenue in the Kingsbridge neighborhood of the Bronx on Saturday.
The once-active crime scene had turned dark as neighbors began to deal with the tragedy.
Mayor Eric Adams expressed sympathy for the family, sharing that he had spoken to the parents who lost their son.
A contamination tent could be seen outside the daycare Friday afternoon
Police tape had been removed from the street and hung on the door of Divino Nino Dayare on Morris Avenue.
Four children under the age of three “ingested fentanyl” while at the scene
The once active crime scene had gone dark as neighbors began to deal with the tragedy.
Anna Ortiz-Irving, 73, lives in the building next door to the daycare and said she is “sick” about what happened as investigators continue to examine the evidence.
“I was stunned because this mother and daughter are the nicest people,” she exclusively told DailyMail.com, referring to the two women who ran the daycare.
“From what I heard, they found fentanyl in the systems of all four babies.”
Oritz-Irving said they “brought the police dogs in Friday night” and claims her neighbor, who interprets for the police and the building’s concierge, “found drug paraphernalia” after getting a warrant to search the daycare.
“They found the cutting machine and what they call a presser,” she said.
Sources familiar with the investigation confirmed that “several drugs were found at the daycare as well as a weight press.”
A kilo press is used to package large quantities of medicines.
Sources also confirmed that all four children “came into contact with fentanyl.”
Dominici, two 2-year-old boys and an 8-month-old girl were found in the daycare located on the ground floor of the Morris Avenue building.
The children were allegedly put down to take a nap in order to be woken up at 2:30 p.m. and ate something about 90 minutes earlier, according to sources.
When officers arrived at the grim scene, all four children were given Narcan, one of whom responded to the life-saving drug, police said.
All four were taken to hospital but the one-year-old boy died. Three others are in stable condition and the eight-month-old baby was treated for dehydration.
Divino Nino Daycare passed its annual unannounced inspection without any violations on Sept. 6, city records note after receiving its license in May.
All four children were taken to hospital, but the one-year-old boy did not survive.
The daycare has a capacity for eight children ages six weeks to 12 years, records show.
One of the women suspected of running the daycare was arrested.
No arrests have yet been made in connection with this incident and police are continuing their investigation.
Adams expressed sympathy for the family, sharing that he had spoken to the parents who lost their baby.
At a news conference Saturday morning, Adams said the event should serve as a warning to people with opioids in their homes.
“Seeing the pain that they feel is something that all of us New Yorkers experience and all of us who are parents.
“This crisis is real and a real wake-up call for people who have opioids or fentanyl in their homes.”