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In Auburn, one child dead, another hospitalized

AUBURN — Officials are investigating the death of a child and the hospitalization of another who were both taken from a home on Pheasant Court Saturday afternoon.

A group of neighbors who declined to be identified said paramedics emerged from the house about 1 p.m. with two young girls. They were followed by a woman who neighbors said appeared “hysterical.”

They did not know what happened to the children, but said six children ranging in age from toddlers to teenagers lived in the house. They said the girls who were removed appeared to be about 2 years old.

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Andrea Grossman, spokeswoman for the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, said in a statement late Saturday that the DCF is conducting its own investigation and “actively working with law enforcement and medical personnel” to determine what happened to the children. She also said that both were foster children.

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Shawn Bleau, 27, of Worcester, was visiting relatives on the street when an emergency medical technician came out of the two-story gray house with a little girl in his arms and headed for an ambulance.

The ambulance “sped off in a hurry,” while the woman remained behind, Bleau said, then police and EMTs tried to console the woman.

On Saturday night, the area around a home was cordoned off by police tape and a cruiser was parked there.

In the afternoon, the street was a jumble of emergency vehicles, Bleau said, with two firetrucks, an ambulance, and four police cars.

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The front door of the house where the incident occurred stood ajar Saturday evening, the screen door closed. Children’s tricycles sat outside, near a basketball hoop and a small child’s basketball.

State Police detectives with the Worcester District Attorney’s Office were “investigating the situation in Auburn,” said a spokesman for the district attorney.

Jack Newsham can be reached at jack.newsham@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TheNewsHam. Jennifer Smith can be reached atjennifer.smith@globe.com