A 7-month-old Baltimore infant who went missing Friday with his 16-year-old babysitter was found early this morning in Northeast D.C. and appears to be fine, police said.
Ki’Yaughn Birch was found with Jonae Boozer in the 4600 block of Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue around 6:20 a.m., D.C. police said. Birch was being evaluated by the D.C. Fire Department, police said. Boozer has been taken into custody and is being questioned, but no charges have been filed in the case yet, police said.
It’s unclear why Boozer and Birch went missing or how they ended up in D.C., police said.
Birch was left in the care of Boozer at the boy’s father’s house in the 1100 block of Lyndhurst Street on Friday evening. Baltimore police said the boy’s parents had not been able to locate Boozer or the baby since then.
Baltimore Police had suspected Boozer and the baby might be in Montgomery or Prince George’s counties, but did not say why.
The Baltimore Sun reported more than 70 people gathered Sunday evening on a Baltimore street corner to rally for the safe return of Birch.
“Put my baby somewhere safe and call somebody. He’s probably hungry,” said Whitney McGee, the infant’s mother, according to the Sun.
Charles Birch, the baby’s father, told the Sun that Boozer was a friend of a friend, who stopped by his home when he was taking care of the infant. At some point, Boozer asked Birch for a cigarette, but he didn’t have any, so he went to a neighborhood store and left the baby in Boozer’s care, Birch told the Sun.
“I went to get cigarettes, and my son’s gone,” Birch said to the Sun.