Federal prosecutors on Tuesday charged a Bronx day care operator and a man who lived with her after a 1-year-old boy died and three other toddlers overdosed after being exposed to fentanyl.
The owner, Grei Mendez, 36, and the man, Carlisto Acevedo Brito, 41, who was renting a room from her, have already been arraigned on state murder, manslaughter and assault charges in Bronx Criminal Court.
They now face charges of possession of and conspiracy to distribute narcotics resulting in death, according to a criminal complaint unsealed on Tuesday in Federal District Court in Manhattan.
A New York City police official said on Monday that a kilogram of fentanyl was found near mats that the children used for sleeping at the Divino Niño day care on Morris Avenue. The city’s health commissioner said Monday that checking for fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid, was not the usual practice of city child care inspectors.
Damian Williams, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Frank A. Tarentino III, the Drug Enforcement Administration’s special agent in charge of New York, are to announce the charges at a news conference on Tuesday afternoon.