CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — A 1-year-old child died earlier this year in Cranston, and investigators from the R.I. Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) have found that neglect was a contributing factor.
The incident occurred back on Jan. 19. Due to confidentiality laws, the DCYF was unable to share specifics on the case, but the agency said it had no prior involvement with the family.
Cranston police told 12 News they responded to a call for an infant who wasn’t breathing at a Concord Avenue home. Firefighters began administering CPR before transporting the young boy to Hasbro Children’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
There were no visible signs of foul play at the scene, according to police.
The incident remains under investigation, and the state medical examiner’s office is working to determine the cause of the child’s death.
The DCYF also issued a reminder that Rhode Islanders are required by law to report known or suspected cases of child abuse within 24 hours of becoming aware by calling 1-800-RI-CHILD.