DCYF reports ‘near fatality’ of 17-year-old from Providence

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 the near fatality of a 17-year-old earlier this month in Providence.

Damaris Teixeira, a spokesperson for the department, said Thursday the incident happened on April 9.

Teixeira added that the 17-year-old is in temporary custody of DCYF.

“As of April 26, 2023, the department confirmed that the child’s medical condition met the criteria for a ‘near fatality,'” said Teixeira.

It wasn’t immediately known what caused the 17-year-old to almost die.

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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