John on January 11, 2012 at 2:35 pm
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…
D.C. Fire/EMS workers checked on the girl around 10:30 a.m. She was fine, according to Sgt. David Schlosser, a U.S. Park Police spokesman, 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.
The story concludes with the requisite claim from campers that they didn’t know this guy and he wasn’t really one of them. These occupiers never do anything wrong, but it’s amazing how troubled outsiders just keep finding them.
Update: I contacted Vincent Gray, the Mayor of DC, and he responded (gotta love Twitter):
The District of Columbia gov’t does not have jurisdiction over McPherson Sq. or Freedom Plaza; the National Park Police do.
I replied and asked him to consider adding his voice to the call for ending the camp. He may not have authority but I’m certain he has a voice in decisions taken within the DC limits.
The Park Police website is here. There appears to be no way to contact them but by phone. Their PIO will be gone for the day so I’ll have to wait until tomorrow to try calling. I want to know who is in charge of making the decision about whether or not to remove the camp.
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