Opioid Exposure Tragedy at Bronx Day Care: 1-Year-Old Victim, 3 Children Hospitalized, and 2 Arrested

A 1-year-old boy died on Friday after being exposed to alleged opioids at a day care in the Bronx, and two adults have been detained in connection with the continuing investigation.

Around 2:30 pm, the daycare received a call from the New York City police. On Friday, they found three youngsters there who were all unconscious: a 1-year-old boy, a 2-year-old boy, and an 8-month-old girl.

At an early-morning news conference on Saturday, NYPD Chief of Detectives Joseph Kenny stated that all three of the youngsters received Narcan from first responders in an effort to revive them.

One-year-old Nicholas Dominici passed away at Montefiore Medical Center, according to a statement from the NYPD, while the other two kids lived.
Another 2-year-old boy, who had been taken home by his family at 12:15 p.m.

ET’s mother discovered him “acting lethargic and unresponsive.” He was taken to BronxCare Health System, where he received Narcan, which, according to Kenny, saved his life.

Hugo Mendez, 36, and Carlisto Acevedo Brito, 41, were both taken into custody by the NYPD on Saturday.

They were both charged with murder as well as two counts of manslaughter, one of which involved a child under the age of 11 and the other for reckless murder, according to authorities.

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Lawyers for either suspect have not been found by CNN.

The facility is a “home-based child care site under the official authority of the New York State Office of Children and Family Services,” according to Dr. Ashwin Vasan, commissioner of the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

The daycare was inspected by departmental personnel less than a week ago, according to Vasan, and no infractions were found.

According to Vasan, the administration of Mayor Eric Adams has given the city’s escalating overdose issue top priority in its mental health agenda.

According to the most recent data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 111,000 Americans in the 12-month period ending in April died from a drug overdose, setting a record for the number of overdose deaths in the US this spring.

According to recent study, opioid-related mortality in children have considerably increased, reflecting trends in adult deaths.

Beginning in 2018, a spike caused mortality among older teenagers to nearly triple, while deaths among children under 5 to nearly multiply by six.

40 newborns and 93 kids between the ages of 1 and 4 passed away from fentanyl overdoses in 2021. Although drug use is frequently linked to teen mortality, it is thought that narcotics placed within reach are the cause of death for younger children.

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