Mother appears in Barnstable District Court following death of her two-year-old son

Emergency custody hearing held day after toddler found unresponsive in West Yarmouth home
Jennifer Cronin is escorted out of Barnstable District Court by court officers following a reported emergency custody hearing on Friday morning. Photo by David G. Curran.

BARNSTABLE - A day after her two-year-old son was found unresponsive in the West Yarmouth home where he was staying, Jennifer Cronin was reportedly at Barnstable District Court for an emergency custody hearing.

Thursday afternoon, Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O'Keefe's Office issued a brief statement regarding the death of the 23-month-old boy.  Lucus Braman had been found unresponsive at 320 Winslow Gray Road home, where according to the Boston Herald, he had been staying with his birth mother's cousin. Despite efforts to resuscitate Braman, the boy was pronounced dead at Cape Cod Hospital, according to information from the Yarmouth Police Department.

According to the DA's statement, the state's Department of Children and Family had been involved in the boy's life since birth due to substance abuse issues of both his birth mother and father. The boy reportedly had several pre-existing medical conditions.

A social service representative reportedly visited the home at 320 Winslow Gray Road on Monday and reported the child's condition as "well", according to the DA's Office. A second social services agency had also been working with the boy on emotional issues.

The Boston Herald reported that Jennifer Cronin also has a 3-year-old daughter who also reportedly lives at the home on Winslow Gray Road.

According to the DA's Office, an initial investigation into the boy's death did not reveal any "significant trauma".

The boy's death is under investigation by State Police and Yarmouth detectives. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on