YARMOUTH (CBS) — Police are investigating the death of a 2-year-old boy in West Yarmouth.

According to a post on the Yarmouth Police’s Facebook page, the child was found at 8:20 a.m. Thursday, inside a home.

Police and firefighters performed CPR and transported the child to Cape Cod Hospital. According to police, the child was unable to be revived.

Sources tell WBZ-TV’s Beth Germano, the child has been in the care of his mother’s cousin since November and the Department of Child and Families had tried to get custody of the child in the past.

Alec Loftus of Health and Human Services released the following statement, Thursday afternoon:

“The Department of Children and Families is deeply saddened by the loss of this young child. The child had briefly been in a DCF foster home but was removed from that home by a judge last year. DCF opposed removing the child from the foster home. The judge instead placed the child in the custody of relatives. DCF continued to provide supportive services to the family after the relatives took custody.”

DCF says a second child in the home has been removed and placed in DCF custody.

The case is currently being investigated by the Yarmouth and Massachusetts State Police.


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