DCYF says maltreatment contributed to ‘near fatalities’ of 2 Woonsocket infants involved in October crash

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

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The Department of Children, Youth and Families deemed maltreatment played a role in the near deaths of two Woonsocket infants.

According to DCYF, a 1-year-old and 2-year-old from Woonsocket were involved in a head-on collision Oct. 29.

Through its investigation it was determined that maltreatment contributed to the “near fatalities,” according to the agency.

DCYF said they had prior involvement with the family, but not at the time of the crash.

In October, Woonsocket police reported a two-year-old and one-year-old were involved in a head-on crash at the intersection of Diamond Hill and Mendon roads in the early morning hours of Oct. 29.

The two-year-old was taken to the hospital in critical condition and the one-year-old was released to the care of DCYF, according to police at the time.

The children’s mother, 21-year-old Erika Aherns, was charged with two counts of DUI resulting in serious injury, two counts of child neglect and refusal to submit to a chemical test.


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