DCYF reports 5-year-old from Providence almost died from maltreatment

The Department of Children, Youth, and Families in Providence. (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families is reporting a near fatality of a 5-year-old child last month in Providence.

Damaris Teixeira, a spokesperson for the department, said Friday the incident happened on Sept. 14.

Teixeira added after investigating, it was determined that maltreatment contributed to this near fatality.

DCYF said it had previous involvement with the family, but not at the time of the incident. The Office of the Child Advocate has been notified.

Teixeira said because of “confidentiality laws, DCYF is prohibited from sharing additional information.”

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