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
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A dead¬≠ly opi¬≠oid over¬≠dose claimed the life of a 1‚ÄĎyear-old boy at a Bronx day¬≠care last week. Three oth¬≠er chil¬≠dren also suf¬≠fered 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 Depart¬≠ment (NYPD) said that Mendez ran the Divi¬≠no Ni√Īo Day¬≠care from an apart¬≠ment where Brito lived. The New York Times report¬≠ed 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 chil¬≠dren were an 8‚ÄĎmonth-old girl, a 1‚ÄĎyear-old boy, and a 2‚ÄĎyear-old boy. They were tak¬≠en to Mon¬≠te¬≠fiore Med¬≠ical Cen¬≠ter, where the 1‚ÄĎyear-old boy was pro¬≠nounced dead.

Ken¬≠ny also revealed that anoth¬≠er 2‚ÄĎyear-old boy had sim¬≠i¬≠lar symp¬≠toms ear¬≠li¬≠er that day. He said that the boy was tak¬≠en home by his moth¬≠er, who noticed that he was lethar¬≠gic and unre¬≠spon¬≠sive. She brought him to Bronx¬≠Care hos¬≠pi¬≠tal, where he received Nar¬≠can and survived.

After receiv¬≠ing a 911 call, NYPD offi¬≠cers inspect¬≠ed the day¬≠care and found a kilo press. Ken¬≠ny said that this device is used by drug deal¬≠ers to pack¬≠age large amounts of drugs.

The day¬≠care had no pre¬≠vi¬≠ous health vio¬≠la¬≠tions, accord¬≠ing to Dr. Ash¬≠win Vasan, the com¬≠mis¬≠sion¬≠er of the New York City Depart¬≠ment of Health and Men¬≠tal Hygiene. He said that the day¬≠care start¬≠ed oper¬≠at¬≠ing in Jan¬≠u¬≠ary as a home-based child¬≠care site.

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