1-year-old dead, 3 other children hospitalized after possibly consuming fentanyl at Bronx day care
( NYPost )
A 1-year-old boy is dead and three other children hospitalized after possibly ingesting fentanyl at a Bronx day care center Friday afternoon, police sources said.
The horrific scene unfolded around 2:40 p.m. at Divino Nino on Morris Avenue in the Kingsbridge neighborhood, where the four tots — the 1-year-old boy, two 2-year-old boys and an 8-month-old girl — were found unresponsive in the basement, sources said.
The children had gone down for naps and were supposed to wake up at 2:30 p.m., sources said. They had all eaten something about 90 minutes earlier.
Three children were administered Narcan, one of whom responded to the life-saving drug, cops said.
All four were rushed to area hospitals, where the 1-year-old boy was declared dead.
The three others are in stable condition, police said. The 8-month-old girl was treated for dehydration, according to sources.
Police are now investigating whether the children consumed fentanyl, or another drug, sources said.
Mel Ramirez, 26, lives next to the day care and said she heard a worker screaming in horror.
“She was yelling for help. She was screaming and saying, ‘The kids are dead! The kids are dead!’ multiple times,” Ramirez said.
When she went outside, she saw one child unresponsive on the ground by the day care entrance and a sobbing woman trying to help another unconscious child.
“They were just pale and unresponsive,” she recalled of the heartbreaking scene. “[One of the boys’] mouth was, like, open. I was like, ‘Oh my God. I can’t do anything about it either.’”
Neighbor Anna Ortiz Irving, 73, said a mother and daughter run Divino Nino Day Care and live in the building.
“It’s a legit day care. It’s brand new. Just a few kids, mostly babies. They’re such decent people,” she said.
“I watched them fix the whole place up. It was beautiful, all according to city code. If I had a baby, I would send it there.”
Divino Nino Day Care just passed its annual unannounced inspection with zero violations on Sept. 6, according to city records. It had received its license in May.
The day care has a capacity of eight children between the ages of six weeks to 12 years old, records show.
A search warrant was being executed at the center Friday night and a white decontamination tent was set up outside the building.