Man charged with child cruelty at Occupy DC

By Eric W. Dolan
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 23:34 EDT
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Police have charged a man at the Occupy DC encampment with cruelty to children after he left his toddler alone in a cold tent for at least 30 minutes.

Protesters camped at McPherson Square in Washington, DC wrapped the 13-month-old girl in a blanket and called police after they heard crying coming from a neighboring tent.

Paramedics who arrived on the scene determined the girl to be healthy and unharmed.

A half hour later a man returned to the park while police were investigating and said he was the baby’s father, according to Sgt. David Schlosser, a U.S. Park Police spokesman.

The man was charged with attempted second-degree cruelty to children.

The protesters said the negligent father involved in the ongoing demonstration, but had been hanging around McPherson Square for a few weeks.

“None of us knew this person,” said one protester. “It was a despicable, atrocious thing do. Every one here is revolted by the behavior.”

The girl is in the care of child protective services.

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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