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In NYC, dad weeps as officials announce charges in day care drug operation that left his toddler dead

Nicholas Dominici’s dad said he had hoped to have a photo of his son’s kindergarten graduation four years from now.

“But sadly what I have is a reminder of his death,” Otoniel Feliz said, weeping as he held up a photo of his son. The toddler died last month after he and three other young children were sickened by what officials said was exposure to fentanyl at their Bronx day care center.

Feliz joined Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark and other officials as they announced the indictments on charges including murder and manslaughter of the center’s operator, her husband and the husband’s cousin in Dominici’s death. He was 22 months old and had spent only a few days at the Divino Niño day care center when he died on Sept. 15.


Feliz, Dominici’s father, spoke alternately in Spanish and English as he described how Mendez had earned his trust over the little boy’s brief time at the day care center.

“We feel betrayed by that day care,” he said, “because they would send us photos, would send us text messages with everything that happened throughout the day. We trusted them because we saw it was a place that would keep us informed.”

Feliz thanked those working on the case, but said, “Everything that is done will not bring my son back.”


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