State officials investigate foster care child's death
Cranston police and state child welfare officials are investigating the death of a 2-year-old girl at a foster home.
Authorities say the child was found unresponsive in her bed in a house on Imperial Avenue Wednesday evening. She was later pronounced dead at Hasbro Children's Hospital.
The director of the Department of Children, Youth and Families, Janice DeFrances, told The Providence Journal that an autopsy showed no signs of trauma and toxicology tests are being performed in an effort to determine how the girl died.
DeFrances says the foster mother also was caring for the girl's 4-year-old brother, who was placed in another foster home. DeFrances says the foster mother is licensed by DCYF and had the two children for less than a month.