A man wanted in connection with the fatal fentanyl poisoning of a 1-year-old boy at a Bronx day care this month was arrested in Mexico on Tuesday by federal agents, local and federal law enforcement officials said.
The man was identified by both a member of federal law enforcement and a New York Police Department official as Felix Herrera, 34, whose wife was charged with the boy’s murder. The officials asked to remain anonymous because they were not authorized to speak publicly. Police would only say that a “person of interest” in the case had been taken into custody.
Earlier on Tuesday, New York Police Department Chief of Detectives Joseph Kenny said that Mr. Herrera had been on the run for nearly two weeks after fleeing the home-based day care on Sept. 15. Mr. Herrera, who has not yet been charged, is the fourth person to be arrested in connection with the death of the boy, Nicholas Feliz Dominici. Three other children at the center were taken to the hospital for fentanyl poisoning.
The police worked with federal and Mexican officials to capture Mr. Herrera, officials said. He had been traveling by car through Texas to Mexico, according to Chief Kenny. Officials had expected Mr. Herrera to attempt to return to the Dominican Republic, where he is from.
Mr. Herrera has at least two prior arrests in New York, including an order of protection violation in 2010 in Brooklyn and another in 2013 for burglary in Queens, police officials said.
Mr. Herrera’s wife, Grei Mendez, 36, who ran the day care, and Carlisto Acevedo Brito, 41, who lived in the apartment, were charged with murder in criminal court in the Bronx. They also face federal charges, including conspiracy and possession with the intent to distribute narcotics resulting in death.
Another man, Renny Antonio Parra Paredes, 38, was charged in federal court on Monday with conspiracy to distribute the narcotics that resulted in the boy’s death.
On Sept. 15, around 2:45 p.m., emergency medical workers answered a 911 call at the day care, Divino Niño, which has operated for about a year, the police said.
There they found Nicholas, a 2-year-old boy, and an 8-month-old girl unconscious and unresponsive. Another ill child was taken to a hospital by his parents.
Authorities discovered one kilogram of fentanyl near where the children napped, as well as a stash of narcotics stored under the floor of the day care, according to prosecutors in Federal District Court in Manhattan. They also found glassine envelopes stamped with the words “Red Dawn,” which were used to package and sell drugs.
Detectives obtained video of Mr. Herrera carrying what appeared to be bags of bricks of fentanyl as he fled the scene, Chief Kenny said.