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Another guilty plea in Bronx day care fentanyl scheme that lead to 1-year-old boy’s death

The husband of the owner of a Bronx day care where a 1-year-old boy died due to fentanyl exposure, shocking the city, has pleaded guilty to narcotics charges in connection to the death, federal prosecutors said Monday.

Felix Herrera Garcia, 35,  was arrested in Sinaloa, Mexico, two weeks after the Sept. 15 death of Nicholas Feliz-Dominici at the El Divino Nino day care on Morris Ave. near E. 196th St. in Fordham Manor.

Nicholas was rushed to a nearby hospital, but he could not be saved. Two other children, an 8-month-old and a 2-year-old, were rushed to a hospital, where they were given the life-saving Narcan drug, officials said.

Nicholas Feliz-Dominici

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Nicholas Feliz-Dominici

A fourth child, a 1-year-old boy, was picked up by a parent about two hours earlier, according to court papers. When the toddler’s parent noticed that he was lethargic and unresponsive, he was taken to a hospital where Narcan was administered.

After the children were poisoned at the daycare, Herrera Garcia received a call from the owner and he rushed to the daycare, entering through a front door, according to authorities. Minutes later, he carried several bags believed to contain bricks of fentanyl through a back entrance, NYPD Chief of Detectives Joseph Kenny said after his arrest.

Police are seen on Morris Ave. where on Sept. 15, 2023, at least one child died as a result of coming into contact with a poisonous substance in the Divino Nino Day Care.

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Police are seen on Morris Ave. where on Sept. 15 a child died as a result of coming into contact with fentanyl. (Sam Costanza for New York Daily News)

When medics responded to the daycare, they discovered little Nicholas’ lifeless body in a hallway Herrera Garcia “almost certainly passed upon his entry to the daycare,” according to a court filing.

Herrera Garcia stashed the drugs at co-conspirator Antonio Parra Paredes’ apartment before fleeing the country.

Police tracked man as he drove south through Texas and crossed the Mexican border. Cops believe his goal was to make it to his native Dominican Republic.

Before he could do so, Herrera Garcia was taken into custody by Mexican authorities, who bounced him to San Diego, where he was arrested by U.S. law enforcement officers, according to a court filing.

The 35-year-old man’s guilty plea was entered the same morning his trial in Manhattan Federal Court for conspiracy to distribute narcotics resulting in death was set to begin.

The plea came about two weeks after that of Parra Paredes, 38, who also confessed to conspiring to distribute narcotics in the drug scheme, which prosecutors said went on for nearly 12 months spanning from Oct. 2022 to Sept. 2023.

Herrera Garcia and Parra Paredes, along with daycare owner Grei Mendez and her accomplice Carlisto Acevedo Brito, packaged and distributed fentanyl, heroin and the synthetic opioid para-fluorofentanyl both inside and out the daycare facility, prosecutors said.

Mendez, 36 and Carlisto Acevedo Brito, 41, were slapped with murder, manslaughter and assault, among other charges.

The drug ring stored over 10 kilograms of narcotics in hidden compartments beneath the playroom floor, despite the daily presence of small children.

“One baby died and the others were seriously injured because Felix Herrera Garcia and Renny Antonio Parra Paredes processed deadly drugs for sale in a place meant to be safe for children,” U.S. Attoney Damian Williams said in a statement. “This case shocks the conscience of the city.”

The charges Herrera Garcia and Parra Paredes plead guilty to carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison.


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