Baby Abandoned by Protester at #OccupyDC Camp

An infant’s cries rang through the Occupy DC encampment in McPherson Square Wednesday morning, and when a group went to investigate they found only a baby girl alone in a tent, wearing a onesie and mittens.

Soon after, authorities said, a man had been arrested and the girl — who was unharmed — was in the city’s care.

The campers notified U.S. Park Police officers and then cared for the girl until help arrived, according to Kelly Canavan, 36, a retired Prince George’s County school teacher who has been living at the camp.

Officers called D.C. Fire/EMS to check on the girl around 10:30 a.m., according to Sgt. David Schlosser, a Park Police spokesman. She was fine, he said, and is now with the District’s child protective services department.

About 30 minutes later, Schlosser said, a man returned to the encampment and identified himself as the baby’s father. Police arrested the man, charging him with attempted second-degree cruelty to children.

“Mid 40s, rainy, onesie, alone,” Schlosser said, describing the circumstances that led police to arrest the man.

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