A heart-wrenching incident unfolded at a day care center in the Bronx, resulting in the tragic death of 1-year-old Nicholas Dominic. The young child, described by his parents as having a high IQ, passed away after allegedly being exposed to opioids at the day care facility, leaving his family in mourning for the loss of a cherished baby who radiated love.
The devastating incident also left three other children hospitalized, fighting for their lives, with one of them in extremely critical condition. The day care center in question, known as Divino Nio, operates as a home-based program under the Kingsbridge Heights Community program. The family was able to choose this facility for their son as it was conveniently located within walking distance of their home.
The children, aged 8 months, 1 year, and 2 years, were discovered in a state of cardiac arrest on Friday afternoon. Authorities revealed that they were found unresponsive and exhibiting symptoms consistent with opioid exposure. Immediate medical intervention, including the administration of Narcan, was initiated. Tragically, Nicholas, at just one year old, could not be saved.
Shockingly, it was revealed that a 2-year-old child had been removed from the day care center earlier on the same day due to suspected opiate exposure. Prompt action involving the use of Narcan led to the rescue of this child.
Divino Nio had opened its doors in January of the current year and had already registered with the city’s Department of Children and Family Services. The facility had successfully passed a surprise examination approximately a week ago. However, during the investigation that followed the tragic incident, authorities made a disturbing discovery inside the facility – a kilopress, a device commonly used for packaging illicit substances.
This heartbreaking incident serves as a stark reminder of the dangers and consequences of opioid exposure, especially to vulnerable children. As investigations continue, the community mourns the loss of young Nicholas Dominic and prays for the recovery of the other affected children.