The pills were discovered behind a floor trapdoor at a daycare facility in the Bronx, where a 1-year-old died last week of a fentanyl overdose, according to police in New York City.
After a child died and three others were hurt on September 15 as a result of possible fentanyl exposure, the owner of Divino Nino Daycare, Grei Mendez De Ventura, 36, and her neighbor, Carlisto Acevedo Brito, 41, were detained on Saturday on 11 accusations, including assault, depraved-indifference murder, and child endangerment.
Two 2-year-old boys, an 8-month-old girl, and 1-year-old Nicholas Dominici were found unresponsive in the basement along with the deceased.
When first responders arrived on the scene, two of the victims, according to officials, were in cardiac arrest. The children were treated with Narcan.
The Two Suspects Are Also Accused of Manslaughter of 11-Year-Old Child
Additionally, the two suspects are accused of manslaughter of a child under the age of 11, manslaughter recklessly causing death, four counts of assault causing injury through risk of death, four counts of assault causing injury while committing a felony, four counts of assault causing serious injury, four counts of reckless assault causing serious injury, three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a controlled substance, and three counts of criminal possession
Additionally, they are accused of conspiring to distribute drugs that cause deaths and distributing drugs that cause deaths, both of which are punishable by a maximum of life in prison.
In all three of the children, fentanyl was discovered, according to NYPD Chief of Detectives Joseph Kenny, during a press conference on Monday night.