The one-year-old boy who died from a fentanyl overdose at a Bronx daycare has been pictured for the first time.
Nicholas Feliz-Dominici has been identified the deceased toddler who was one of four children to ingest fentanyl while on the premises of Divino Nino Daycare on Morris avenue on Friday afternoon.
The boy’s devastated dad, Otoniel Feliz, appeared bleary-eyed as he spoke to MailOnline.com outside his apartment, just 15 minutes from the Morris Avenue childcare site.
Otoniel, a father-of-five, said the family has been living there since 2019 but moved from the Dominican Republic in 2018.
He was in shock when he heard the news at first, with the hospital initially thinking his illness could have been caused by carbon monoxide poisoning.
Pictured: The one-year-old boy who died after ingesting fentanyl at a Bronx daycare
Otoniel Feliz, appeared bleary eyed as he spoke to MailOnline.com outside his apartment
Police tape had been stripped from the street and hung across the doorway of the Divino Nino Daycare on Morris Avenue
A contamination tent could be seen outside the daycare on Friday afternoon
Four children under the age of three ‘ingested fentanyl’ while on the premises
His wife, who asked to remain anonymous, went to pick up their son early from daycare but when she arrived ambulance had already taken her son to hospital.
She received a call while waiting outside the daycare to say ‘something’ had happened. She was taken to hospital by police.
Nicholas as well as two 2-year-old boys and an 8-month-old girl were found in the daycare which sits on the bottom level of the Morris Avenue building.
All four were taken to hospital but Nicholas didn’t survive. The others are in stable condition, with the eight-month-old being treated for dehydration.
The children had allegedly been put down for naps to be woken up at 2:30pm and had eaten something about 90 minutes earlier, sources said.
When cops arrived at the grim scene all four children were administered with Narcan, one of whom responded to the lifesaving drug police said.
Police tape hung across the doorway of the premises on Saturday with officers at the scene continuing their investigation.
Mayor Eric Adams expressed his sympathy for the family, sharing that he had spoken to the parents who lost their son.
At a press conference on Saturday morning, Adams said the event should act as a warning for people with opioids in their homes.
‘To see the pain they are experiencing is something that all of us New Yorkers are experiencing and all of us that are parents.
‘This crisis is real and it is a real wake-up call for individuals who have opioids or fentanyl in their homes.’
The daycare has a capacity of eight children between the ages of six weeks to 12 years old, records show.
One of the women believed to run the daycare has been taken in for questioning.
No arrests have been made in connection with the incident as yet and police are still investigating.
Sources with knowledge of the investigation confirmed ‘multiple drugs were found at the daycare as well as a kilo press
The once active crime scene had turned somber as neighbors began to grapple with the tragedy
Anna Ortiz-Irving, 73, lives in the building next door to the daycare and said she is ‘sick over’ what took place as investigators continue to pore over evidence
Anna Ortiz-Irving, 73, lives in the building next door to the daycare and said she is ‘sick over’ what took place as investigators continue to pore over evidence.
‘I was stunned because this mother and her daughter are the nicest people,’ she told DailyMail.com exclusively, referring to the two women who ran the daycare.
‘From what I’ve heard they found fentanyl in all four babies systems.’
Oritz-Irving said they ‘brought the police dogs on Friday night’ and claims her neighbor, who had been interpreting for police and the super of the building, ‘found drug paraphernalia’ after getting a warrant to search the daycare.
‘They found the cutting machine and what they call a presser,’ she said.
Sources with knowledge of the investigation confirmed ‘multiple drugs were found at the daycare as well as a kilo press.’
A kilo press is sued to package large quantities of drugs.
Sources also confirmed all four children ‘came in contact with fentanyl.’
Divino Nino Daycare passed its annual unannounced inspection with zero violations on Sept. 6, city records note after receiving its license in May.