New arrest linked to baby's overdose death at New York daycare
Police have arrested a man suspected of helping distribute drugs found at a New York day care center where a one-year-old child died this month after being exposed to fentanyl. Three more babies ended up in the hospital.
The third person arrested after the death of Nicolas Dominici is 38-year-old Antonio Parra Paredes, reports BBC. Police found a large amount of drugs in the floor of the private kindergarten "Divino Nino" in the Bronx, where the boy died.
Large quantities of narcotics were discovered during a search of a house in the Bronx. Police said a search of the suspect's home turned up a stamp used to mark the drug package. Paredes was charged with distribution of narcotics resulting in death. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) says Paredes played a key role in a drug-trafficking operation that was kicked out of Divino Nino Kindergarten.
Police were called to the center on September 15 for a suspected drug overdose. It was determined that four children were in contact with drugs that were stored near the place where they slept. One-year-old Nicholas Dominici later died.
"Smugglers often hide drugs in inconspicuous places without regard for the safety of others," DEA Special Agent Frank Tarentino said after the 38-year-old's arrest. "In this case, the floorboards of the kindergarten were used to hide the drugs, putting the lives of innocent children who were sitting on the floor playing at risk," Tarentino said.
The owner of Divino Nino Daycare in the Bronx, Gray Mendez, 36, and her tenant, Carlisto Acevedo Brito, 41, were charged with possession of narcotics with intent to distribute resulting in death. Authorities detained the suspects without bail. If they are convicted, they face life imprisonment.
Surveillance footage and phone records show that Mendez called her husband after seeing the children were unwell before calling 911.
Her husband came to the nursery and took several full shopping bags out of the nursery, officials said. The police are still looking for the wife.