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State officials investigating after death of 9-year-old Rhode Island child



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Providence, R.I. (May 19, 2023) — The Department of Children, Youth & Families is disclosing the fatality of a nine-year-old child.

According to DCYF, the Department was open to the family at the time of the incident. However, DCYF did not have custody of the child at the time of the death.

The fatality occurred on May 18, 2023. The Department has initiated an investigation into this fatality. DCYF has notified the Office of the Child Advocate of this report.

Due to confidentiality laws, DCYF is prohibited from sharing additional information.

According to the Providence Journal, the Child Advocate’s Office will be creating a review panel that will investigate 28 deaths and 28 “near fatalities” that has taken place since 2019 among children who had some involvement with the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families.

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/neglect. Please call 1-800-RI-CHILD to report known or suspected cases of child abuse.

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