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NYC day care owner, neighbor face federal charges after 1-year-old dies from fentanyl exposure: prosecutors

The owner of a New York City day care center, where police say multiple children were found with “fentanyl in their systems” last week, resulting in the death of a 1-year-old child, is now facing federal charges. 

A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York told Fox News Digital on Tuesday that Grei Mendez De Ventura – the 36-year-old owner of the Divino Nino day care in the Bronx borough – and neighbor Carlisto Acevedo Brito, 41, are each being charged with conspiracy to distribute narcotics resulting in death and narcotics distribution resulting in death. 

U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said Tuesday that the case has “shocked the conscience of a city already reeling from the devastating effects of the fentanyl epidemic.”

“It’s inexcusable, and it’s the reason that they’re now in federal custody, facing federal charges that carry a maximum sentence of life in prison and a minimum sentence of 20 years in prison,” he said.

 

“It’s a nightmare that these families will never wake up from. But believe me, the NYPD will never rest in our pursuit of anyone who puts our children in harm’s way. The dangers of fentanyl cannot be overstated,” he said. “This poison is extremely deadly. And if you traffic in it, you will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. No parent should ever have to go through something like this.” 

Fox News’ Landon Mion contributed to this report. 

Greg Norman is a reporter at Fox News Digital.

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