YARMOUTH, Mass. (WHDH) -
A two-year-old child found unresponsive in Yarmouth has died.
Emergency personnel found the child unresponsive in his crib. He was transported to Cape Cod Hospital where he as pronounced dead Thursday morning.
Yarmouth police say the family is known to the Department of Children and Families because the parents had substance abuse issues. The child had pre-existing medical conditions and the organization has been involved since birth.
The boy was being cared for by relatives and was last seen by social services on Feb. 10, according to the District Attorney's office. The child reportedly was "well."
The DCF released a statement Thursday afternoon saying it was "deeply saddened" by the death.
According to the statement, the child had been in the care of a DCF foster home for a short time but had been removed by a judge and placed in the custody of relatives.
"DCF opposed removing the child from the foster home," said Alec Loftus of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services.
Officials didn't disclose if there was any significant trauma to the child.
This adds to a growing number of incidents involving DCF. In December, police found out about a 5-year-old boy who had been missing from Fitchburg for months without being reported. Three state employees involved in the case were fired.
Last week police say a 14-year-old teen in Mattapan shot and killed his 9-year-old brother accidentally.
DCF had also been involved with that family. Officials say there was no wrong-doing by the department in that case.
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