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Fugitive husband of Bronx daycare owner where toddler, Nicholas Feliz Dominici, died from fentanyl exposure is seen escaping through a back door – manhunt expands to his native Dominican Republic

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Fugitive husband of Bronx daycare owner where one-year-old Nicholas Feliz Dominici died from fentanyl exposure is seen escaping through a back door

Suspected of fleeing back to his native country, manhunt for the fugitive has expanded to the Dominican Republic

Nicholas Feliz Dominici, 1, died at Divino Niño Daycare from a fentanyl overdose on Sept. 15

Three other children – an 8-month-old girl and a pair of two-year-old boys also poisoned by the drugs, were revived with the overdose-reversal drug Narcan

Last week, officers found a cache of drugs hidden under a trap door at the nursery, including a large quantity of fentanyl. 

Officers have arrested and charged three people – Grei Mendez De Ventura, 36 Carlisto Acevedo Brito, 41, and Renny Antonio Parra Paredes, 38.  in connection with the child’s death  

An unnamed man believed to be the husband of Grei Mendez De Ventura, the Bronx daycare owner who has been charged in the fentanyl-related death of a baby was seen in newly emerged photos escaping the area before cops arrived

Newly emerged photos show a man believed to be the husband of the Bronx daycare owner who has been charged in the fentanyl-related death of a baby escaping the area, prior to the arrival of first responders.
A manhunt has been underway for the husband of Grei Mendez De Ventura since the suspected overdose death of one-year-old Nicholas Feliz Dominici at the Divino Niño Daycare on September 15. 
In the new photos released by law enforcement, the man – whose name has not been released online – can be seen fleeing the daycare through a backdoor and taking off. 
It is believed that Mendez’s husband fled to the Dominican Republic – where they are originally from, the New York Post reports. 
‘We’re all working together to find him — nationally and over in the Dominican Republic,’ a source said, describing the husband as the ‘main player’ in an alleged drug operation run out of the daycare’s basement. 
Grei Mendez De Ventura, 36, has been charged alongside her husband’s cousin, Carlisto Acevedo Brito, 41, and Renny Antonio Parra Paredes, 38. 

Nicholas Feliz Dominici [photo], 1, died at Divino Niño Daycare on September 15, after inhaling the deadly opioid fentanyl

Authorities have already charged Grei Mendez De Ventura, 36, [center], along with her husband Renny Antonio Parra Paredes, 38, and her brother-in-law, Carlisto Acevedo Brito, 41, in relation to the poisonings

In the two newly released images, the man believed to be Mendez’s husband is seen hold clutching multiple plastic shopping bags while walking away from the Bronx daycare in an alley. 
The man looks casual as he walks through a grassy area in ripped jeans and a black Levi’s shirt while holding the bags, which seem to be full. 
The unnamed fugitive is said to have been key to the alleged drug operation. 

The man alleged to be Mendez’s husband, looks casual as he walks through a grassy area in ripped jeans and a black Levi’s shirt while holding the bags, which seem to be full

Mendez reportedly called him twice and then deleted more than 21,000 messages before alerting the authorities to the unresponsive children. 
Mendez and Brito have been charged with murder, assault and child endangerment a day after Nicholas and three other children were found critically ill at the childcare facility. 
Nicholas was pronounced dead at the scene, with two boys, 2, and an eight-month-old baby girl were saved with overdose-reversal drug Narcan.
Authorities claim the business was a front for a drug-peddling operation, with Mendez and Brito remaining behind bars. 
Manhattan federal prosecutors say that Paredes had ‘tools and instruments that are used to prepare and distribute narcotics’ at his apartment. 
During the raid, they found strainers, tape, a grinder, plastic bags, digital scales and two clear bags filled with a ‘greyish powder’. 

One-year-old Nicholas Feliz-Dominici, [photo] died on Friday after inhaling the opioid fentanyl, at a Bronx day care

De Ventura’s brother-in-law and alleged co-conspirator Carlisto Acevedo Brito, [photo], kept his head down as he left NYPD’s 52nd precinct after also being arrested in connection to the overdose

Law enforcement sources told the New York Post the NYPD and the Regional Fugitive Task Force are following up on leads that he may have fled to the Dominican Republic

Officers also found a ‘rectangular, brick-shaped package which appeared to contain narcotics.’
Paredes was arrested on Saturday, and is being held in custody without bail. Mendez and Brito also remain behind bars. 
Last week, officers found a cache of drugs hidden under a trap door at the nursery, including a large quantity of fentanyl. 
Other paraphernalia, which matched what was found in Paredes’ apartment, was also concealed by the plywood and tile flooring. 

At the day care described as a pills mill, officers found a ‘rectangular, brick-shaped package which appeared to contain narcotics’ at the day care described as, ‘a front for a drug-peddling operation’, by authorities

Conducting a search of the day care center, officers also found a cache of drugs hidden under a trap door at the nursery, including a large quantity of fentanyl

Feds said Paredes had ‘tools and instruments that are used to prepare and distribute narcotics’ at his apartment including a ‘kilo press’, [photo], which is typically used to re-compress drugs in powder form. Two other presses were found in the day care center

In the aftermath, photos shared by police showed bags full of powder inside the ‘trap floor,’ a few steps away from a shelf of children’s toys. 
U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said: ‘I promised last week that we would continue to work to bring those involved in the child poisonings at Divino Niño daycare to justice. 
‘Since then, this Office and our law enforcement partners have worked around the clock to identify and apprehend additional individuals who are responsible. 
‘Today’s arrest is one more step toward obtaining justice for the child-victims of this heinous offense and their families.’ 
Before discovering the hidden stash, officers had already confiscated a kilogram of fentanyl that was stored near mats that children used for sleeping.

NYPD officers emerge with bags of evidence after they found a cache of drugs hidden under a trap door at the nursery, including a large quantity of fentanyl, last week 

    They also found multiple devices used by traffickers for mixing drugs and pressing it into bricks. 
    NYPD Chief of Detectives Joe Kenny said last week ‘one grain, two grains of fentanyl can take down a grown man so even the residue itself for a small child, would cause the death.’
    According to reports, there were no previous complaints made against Divino Nino Daycare. 
    The daycare has a capacity of eight children between the ages of six weeks to 12 years old, records show.
    Father-of-five Otoniel Feliz, 32, revealed that it had been first week at the day care for Nicholas, the youngest of his five children.
    ‘We had a good recommendation. We were told it was a great place. It looked like a nice place,’ he explained.
    But within one week of being cared for at the daycare, Nicholas ingested fentanyl – a substance that has caused a spike in overdoses across the U.S.
    Otoniel said they’d been given a tour of the daycare the first time they dropped their son off and it looked like any other, with toys and kids’ furniture inside.

    US Attorney for the Southern District, Damian Williams announced the new charges against a third person

    After enrolling their son however, Otoniel and his wife were never allowed ingress into the center. Their son often was brought to them by their caretakers, he claimed.
    ‘Parents don’t have permission to go inside. You see it on the first day to see where your son will be, but after that you don’t have permission to go in,’ he claimed.
    ‘They said they ‘don’t want contamination from the outside to go inside because they keep everything clean,’ that’s what they said.
    ‘My wife called me saying our child is going to hospital. We thought he was fine, 10 minutes later, my wife called me back on the way to the hospital and said he died.’

    Grei Mendez De Ventura, [photo], “doesn’t fit the profile of a drug dealer,” her lawyer said. Feds and local law enforcement counter with a slew of evidence

    Mendez’s attorney claimed that cops have the wrong person in custody. “She’s paying for somebody else’s crime, basically,” Andres Manuel Aranda, the attorney representing day care owner Grei Mendez, said.
    “You know, this lady doesn’t fit the profile of a drug dealer,” Aranda claims.
    “She had $100 in the bank, from what I understand. She was keeping down two jobs, not necessarily someone who’s out there dealing with a kilo weight.”
    He said Mendez’s own child was enrolled at the day care and would’ve been in harm’s way as well had he not been taken on a trip by a relative that day.
    “She’s distraught about what happened with the children, especially Nico,” Aranda said. “She feels that she’s being held unjustly.”

    Law enforcement sources believe that the basement under the day care where Brito lived was actually a front for drugs

    However, federal and local law enforcement sources disputed that claim Monday.
    Mendez they said has a 2-year-old son who was exposed to drugs last year and treated without police being summoned. The boy had allegedly been kept away from the day care center after that incident.
    “She purposely kept her son away from the center after almost losing him after he was exposed to drugs,” a law enforcement sources allege.
    Furthermore prosecutors,d Mendez made several calls, including two to her husband, before calling 911 after she found the toddlers unconscious around 3:30 p.m. Sept. 15.

    Frank A. Tarentino III [photo], Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New York Division said the traffickers had hidden contraband with ‘no regard for the safety of others’

    Divino Nino Daycare passed its annual unannounced inspection with zero violations on September 6, city records note after receiving its license in May.
     DEA Special Agent in Charge Frank A. Tarentino III said: ‘As alleged, Paredes had an instrumental role in this conspiracy and is charged with narcotics distribution and death in connection with the poisoning of four children. 
    ‘The alleged drugs and materials seized in the trap are indicative of a prolific drug packaging operation. 
    ‘Traffickers often hide contraband in inconspicuous or unsuspecting locations with no regard for the safety of others. 
    ‘In this case, the Daycare’s floorboards were used as concealment, putting children’s lives at risk who innocently sat on the floor to play. 
    ‘I reiterate that DEA and our law enforcement partners will continue to pursue justice for all members of this trafficking ring,’ Tarentino insists.

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