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Toddler left alone at Occupy D.C. McPherson Square camp, authorities say

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A man is facing child cruelty charges after he allegedly left his 13-month-old girl alone in a tent at the Occupy D.C. protest camp at McPherson Square, authorities said.

This is the toddler found in a tent at McPherson Square.

U.S. Park Police Spokesperson Sgt. David Schlosser says officers were notified around 10 a.m. that a child was left alone in a tent in McPherson Square.

Police believe she had been there for at least 30 minutes.

Occupy protester Mark Scott's tent is nearby and he heard the baby's cries around 10 a.m.

He called other Occupy protesters and they came, wrapped the baby in a blanket and called police.

“I unzipped and she was in there balling about this big and she was like this,” he says.

They say the baby and her father were not part of the Occupy community but had been hanging around McPherson Square for a few weeks.

D.C. Fire and EMS was called to the scene, who checked out the child. She was said to be in good condition.

The girl was then placed in the custody of the D.C. Child and Family Services Agency.

About 30 minutes later, officers were approached by a man claiming to be the child's father. After a brief interview, the father was arrested and charged with attempted second degree cruelty to children.

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