Infant Death Investigation Press Conference this Morning

MPD said this morning that a press conference is planned at the homicide branch today to discuss an infant death investigation.

WJLA reported earlier today that an infant girl, possibly a newborn, died early Monday morning after being found abandoned in Northeast DC. She was found in the 3000 block of Channing Street NE after police received an anonymous phone call about the girl.

WUSA reported that the girl was found by a neighbor on the steps of a nearby house.

Reported WTOP:

Ian Milne says a neighbor banged on his door after finding the baby half-uncovered, wrapped only in a towel.

He says the baby’s hair was matted to its skull and it appeared to be newborn.

Even a knock on the door and then somebody could take care of it,” Milne says. “It was freezing last night.”

It was Stubbs’ friend who found the baby as he was walking back from the neighborhood store.

The infant was in cardiac arrest when she was rushed to Children’s Hospital, where she died early Monday, according to Metropolitan Police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump.

Reported Fox5:

Emmanuel Dugger told FOX 5’s Wisdom Martin that he spotted something that looked like a doll, wrapped up in a towel, near the steps of a house.

Once we knew it was a baby, we wrapped it and walked back into the house,” said Dugger, who then called 911.

Reported the Washington Post:

No cause of death has been determined, and police are investigating. Temperatures at Reagan National Airport dipped below freezing between 9 and 10 p.m. on Sunday night, and at the time the baby was found before midnight, temperatures were hovering at about 28 degrees, according to National Weather Service records.

Update: MPD has released the following information about the case (video roundup is below):

January 16, 2012

Infant Death Investigation in the 3000 block of Channing Street, NE

( Washington, DC)-Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Special Victims Unit are investigating the death of an unidentified black female infant in the 3000 block of Channing Street, NE.

On Sunday, January 15, 2012, at approximately 11:34 pm, units from the Fifth District and personnel from DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the 3000 block of Channing Street, NE to investigate the report of an unconscious infant. Upon their arrival, they observed a resident at that location performing CPR on unconscious infant. Personnel from DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services transported the infant to Children’s National Medical Center, where the infant was pronounced dead at 2:21 am on Monday, January 16, 2012.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that a resident in the 3000 block of Channing Street, NE was walking home when he observed the infant wrapped in a towel on a step of another residence in the same block. The resident and another witness determined that the infant was cold and unconscious, and brought the infant into their home and called 911.

The cause of death is unknown at this time. The investigation is continuing.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099 or 1-888-919-CRIME (1-888-919-2746). Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.

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