DCYF investigating death of newborn baby girl

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The Rhode Island Department of Children Youth and Families confirmed Friday it’s investigating the death of a 2-month-old baby girl from Providence.

The agency said the child died Thursday and confirmed it is investigating allegations of abuse and/or neglect.

According to a police report obtained by Eyewitness News, the child was unresponsive when she was taken to Hasbro Children’s Hospital from a home on Norwich Avenue.

Police said a woman arrived at her best friend’s home and discovered her child unresponsive and not breathing around 8:30 a.m. The friend called 911 while the woman performed CPR on the child.

Police said emergency personnel arrived and took the baby to the hospital, where doctors pronounced her dead at 8:52 a.m.

According to the report, the attending physician told detectives there did not appear to be any obvious signs of foul play. The medical examiner’s office will determine a cause of death.

DCYF said the family is currently involved with the agency, but would not release additional information due to confidentiality laws.

The Office of the Child Advocate – which serves as a DCYF watchdog – said the death is the fourth case being reviewed by its Child Fatality Review Panel. The other three cases were incidents of near fatalities, one of a 3-month-old, another of a 5-month-old and the most recent case involved a 2-year-old.

DCYF said its highest priority is the safety and well-being of all children and reminded Rhode Islanders they 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/neglect. You can call 1-800-RI-CHILD to report known or suspected cases of child abuse.

Eyewitness News will continue to gather information on this investigation and will update this story throughout the day on WPRI.com and tonight on Eyewitness News starting live at 5 on WPRI 12.