Families of NYC toddler who died after breathing fentanyl at day care hire lawyers; siblings terrified to go to school, dad says

A father is grief-stricken after his 1-year-old son tragically died from inhaling fentanyl at a daycare center in the Bronx. The center was uncovered as a front for a drug mill, which has prompted the father to hire an attorney. The father revealed that his remaining four children are now too afraid to attend school, fearing they won’t return home.

As he stood outside his family home in Kingsbridge, Jeffrey Chartier, the lawyer for Otoniel Feliz, joined the grieving father in expressing his heart-wrenching sentiments to reporters. “They don’t want to die in school,” Feliz said sorrowfully, referring to the tragic loss of his young son, Nicholas Feliz Dominici. Despite their unimaginable pain, they remain strong in their resolve to seek justice for their beloved child.

“It is heartbreaking to see that my four children refuse to go to school out of fear of experiencing what happened to Nicholas. They are all deeply affected, and it is a challenging situation for us as a family.”

According to Feliz, a maintenance worker at a golf course in Westchester County, his young son had just started attending Divino Nino Daycare and tragically passed away after only one week. The devastating loss has left Feliz and his family in mourning.

“He warned, ‘The drugs… this is dangerous,’ his voice heavy with grief. ‘My son lost his life to it. But it could be your loved one next.’”

On Sunday, two individuals, Grei Mendez De Ventura, 36, who owned the daycare, and her cousin-in-law, Carlisto Acevedo Brito, 41, were charged with murder for the death of Dominici. The police are currently searching for Ventura’s husband who resided next door to the daycare center. As per reports, he is the apparent main player in the drug dealing at the facility, where the child died due to apparent fentanyl exposure.

Otoniel Feliz, the dad of deceased 1-year-old Nicholas Feliz Dominici, said his four other kids are scared to go to school after their brother’s death.

According to authorities, the day care center was found to be cutting up fentanyl, an extremely potent opioid that is at least 50 times stronger than heroin, and selling it. This caused the drug to become airborne and enter the lungs of the children at the center, posing a serious threat to their health and well-being.

According to authorities, three additional children, including two 2-year-old boys and an 8-month-old girl, are still receiving treatment in the hospital due to the same exposure.

Mayor Eric Adams announced on Monday that the other three kids were rescued using naloxone, a drug that can reverse an overdose, which is more commonly referred to as Narcan.

The family during happier times, before little Nicholas inhaled fentanyl at his Bronx daycare center.

According to The Post, the Feliz family attorney, Chartier, expressed his sorrow and frustration about the tragic incident, stating that it was preventable. The fact that it could have been avoided makes it all the more heartbreaking.

“It’s truly heart-wrenching when you trust someone to take care of your children, only to have that trust broken and resulting in the loss of your child. There’s simply nothing more devastating,” he expressed.

According to their attorney, the family stumbled upon the daycare center with the help of a local community center.

Feliz mentioned that they had to complete extensive paperwork to ensure that the opportunity was suitable for them.

According to him, the responsibility of taking care of children lies with parents. However, the trust is not always reciprocated, resulting in an unequal distribution of care.

“It’s unbelievable how these events are unfolding,” is what comes to mind when faced with such situations.”

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