NEW YORK (WPIX) — The NYPD released photos of a trap door filled with drugs, including fentanyl, inside a Bronx day care center where a 1-year-old died of a suspected drug overdose.
The drugs were found in the floor under a play area at Divino Nino Day Care on Morris Avenue after authorities obtained a search warrant for the facility on Wednesday, according to the NYPD. Investigators said at least 2 kilos of drugs were under the floor.
Nicolas Feliz Dominici, 1, was pronounced dead at Montefiore Medical Center last Friday and three other children — two 2-year-old boys and an 8-month-old girl — had to be rushed to the hospital with suspected drug overdoses. They were revived by the opioid-reversing drug Narcan.
Federal prosecutors said the day care, run by 36-year-old Grei Mendez, housed a major drug operation. After realizing the babies were not waking up from their naps, Mendez allegedly called her husband and another person several times before calling 911, according to a federal complaint.
Mendez and her husband’s cousin, Carlisto Acevedo Brito, are facing federal charges. Police were still searching for Mendez’s husband, as of Friday morning.