Daycare Nightmare: Opioids Kill One Child, Hospitalize Three Others in NYC

A deadly opioid overdose claimed the life of a 1-year-old boy at a Bronx daycare last week. Three other children also suffered from the same drug and had to be rushed to the hospital_Divino Nino daycare building

A dead­ly opi­oid over­dose claimed the life of a 1‑year-old boy at a Bronx day­care last week. Three oth­er chil­dren also suf­fered from the same drug and had to be rushed to the hospital.

The day­care oper­a­tors, Grei Mendez and Carlis­to Aceve­do Brito, were arrest­ed on Sat­ur­day. They face mul­ti­ple charges, includ­ing manslaugh­ter, assault, and drug possession.

The New York Police Depart­ment (NYPD) said that Mendez ran the Divi­no Niño Day­care from an apart­ment where Brito lived. The New York Times report­ed that the pair had no lawyers yet.

The tragedy unfold­ed on Fri­day after­noon, when four chil­dren at the day­care came in con­tact with an opi­oid. May­or Eric Adams said that one child died and three oth­ers were hospitalized.

NYPD Chief of Detec­tives Joseph Ken­ny said that the chil­dren were unre­spon­sive and showed signs of opi­oid expo­sure. He said that Nar­can, a drug that revers­es opi­oid over­dos­es, was giv­en to all three children.

The chil­dren were an 8‑month-old girl, a 1‑year-old boy, and a 2‑year-old boy. They were tak­en to Mon­te­fiore Med­ical Cen­ter, where the 1‑year-old boy was pro­nounced dead.

Ken­ny also revealed that anoth­er 2‑year-old boy had sim­i­lar symp­toms ear­li­er that day. He said that the boy was tak­en home by his moth­er, who noticed that he was lethar­gic and unre­spon­sive. She brought him to Bronx­Care hos­pi­tal, where he received Nar­can and survived.

After receiv­ing a 911 call, NYPD offi­cers inspect­ed the day­care and found a kilo press. Ken­ny said that this device is used by drug deal­ers to pack­age large amounts of drugs.

The day­care had no pre­vi­ous health vio­la­tions, accord­ing to Dr. Ash­win Vasan, the com­mis­sion­er of the New York City Depart­ment of Health and Men­tal Hygiene. He said that the day­care start­ed oper­at­ing in Jan­u­ary as a home-based child­care site.

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