Police investigating death of baby girl

Police are investigating the death of an infant at a home on Canton Street in Providence.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Police are looking into the circumstances surrounding the death of a 5-month-old baby girl in Providence.

Providence rescue crews were called to a home on Canton Street around 4:23 p.m. Thursday for reports of an unresponsive infant.

According to the police report obtained by Eyewitness News, the child’s mother and babysitter left the baby in a bedroom and went to the store for about 15 to 20 minutes.

When they arrived back home, they told police they could not locate the baby. Another adult, who remained at the house while the mother and babysitter were out, then began to assist in the search for the child.

The trio told police they called for help after finding the infant unresponsive on the side of a bed, next to the wall.

The child was rushed to Hasbro Children’s Hospital, but was eventually pronounced dead.

Providence Police Maj. David Lapatin confirmed the investigation is being handled by the department’s Youth Service Bureau. As of Friday afternoon, police have not said whether or not they suspect foul play.

According to the police report, the Department of Children, Youth and Families has also been notified.

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