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A baby found on this block of Channing Street NE died overnight at Children's National Medical Center.
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  A baby found on this block of Channing Street NE died overnight at Children's National Medical Center.

D.C. homicide detectives are looking for the mother of an infant girl abandoned on the steps of a Northeast D.C. home Sunday night. The baby, who was found outdoors in Northeast D.C. Sunday night died in the hospital after she was found by a neighbor, according to Metropolitan Police.

The baby was found by a neighbor on the ground in front of a house on the 3000 block of Channing Street NE around 11:30 p.m., covered just by a thin blanket, according to police. The neighbor brought the baby into his home and called 911, where he and his father administered CPR.

"Her body was cold all over and i tried to warm her from the heat in my hands and just rubbed her body and keep her in the towel," said the father, Eugene Dugger. "I was just praying that some life would come back in her, that she hadn't froze to death. She wasn't stiff but she wasn't responding at all."

Eugene's son, Emmanuel Dugger, spotted the little girl as he was walking home around 11:30 p.m. "It didn't have a Pamper on, it didn't have no clothes on, it wasn't protected from the wind or the elements outside," Dugger says. "I wanted to jump out of my body. I couldn't believe that anybody could be so cold-hearted as to leave an infant or child outside … on such a cold night laying on the cold concrete."

The infant was transported to Children's National Medical Center, and was declared dead a few hours later. It's estimated that the baby was less two weeks old, according to MPD. Police don't know who the mother is or who abandoned the child. Charges are pending the outcome of the investigation and the autopsy.

MPD is reminding residents that D.C.'s safe haven law allows infants less than seven days old to be surrendered at firehouses or hospitals.

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