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Neglect contributed to near death of 11-month-old from Providence

Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families reports near fatality in July 14 incident

PROVIDENCE — Neglect contributed to the near death of an 11-month-old infant from Providence whose family had previously been involved with the state Department of Children, Youth and Families, the agency disclosed Friday.

The child was not involved with DCYF at the time of the incident, which occurred on July 14, the agency said.

DCYF said in a statement that the department launched an investigation and confirmed that neglect contributed to the child’s near death. DCYF did not elaborate on the incident or the child’s condition, or whether anyone in the family was facing criminal charges. The department said confidentiality laws prohibited it from sharing additional information about the incident.


Providence Police Major David Lapatin said Friday that the incident is still under investigation. DCYF has notified the Office of the Child Advocate of the report, as required by state law; Advocate Jennifer Griffith was not immediately available for comment Friday afternoon.

Rhode Islanders are required by law to report known or suspected cases of child abuse or neglect to DCYF within 24 hours of becoming aware of such abuse or neglect. Call 1-800-RI-CHILD to report known or suspected cases of child abuse.

Edward Fitzpatrick can be reached at edward.fitzpatrick@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @FitzProv. Amanda Milkovits can be reached at amanda.milkovits@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @AmandaMilkovits.