A man has been charged with child cruelty after a 13-month-old girl was found alone in a tent at an Occupy protest camp in Washington, DC.
Police officers were informed of the baby's plight after protesters at the McPherson Square camp heard her crying at 10am yesterday.
Demonstrator Mark Scott found the girl alone in a tent and, with the help of other Occupy DC protesters, wrapped her up in a blanket and called police.
This 13-month-old child was discovered alone on Wednesday in one of the Occupy DC tents
He said: 'I unzipped the tent and she was in there bawling.'
A man claiming to be the baby's father approached police half an hour later, according to U.S. Park Police spokesman Sgt David Schlosser.
The man was arrested and charged with attempted second degree cruelty to children.
The baby girl is now in the custody of the local Child and Family Services Agency.
Protesters at the camp said the man and baby were not part of the Occupy community but had been around the McPherson Square encampment for a few weeks.
A protest - dubbed Occupy Congress - is due to take place on Capitol Hill next Tuesday.
The girl, found crying and alone, is now in the custody of Child Protective Services
It is expected to draw thousands of people and bring renewed attention to the movement in Washington and to their overall opposition to corporate greed and income inequality.
Mario Lozada, a protester from Philadelphia who plans to be in Washington next week for the protest, said: 'We can't just protest on Wall Street. We must also protest Congress directly if we want to have real change.'
'I unzipped the tent and she was in there bawling'
Though the DC protesters have provoked the ire of a Republican congressman, they have been tolerated - with some growing signs of exasperation - by a mayor who forged his political identity as an activist and by a National Park Service that says it is determined to protect First Amendment rights.
A man claiming to be the girl's father was arrested and charged with attempted second degree cruelty to children
Though they've dwindled considerably in numbers, the demonstrators, and a few homeless people, have remained despite occasionally freezing temperatures, the holidays and, more recently, rat infestations and health department inspections.
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