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Two-year-old girl found alone in apartment

Prince George’s County police Tuesday rescued a 2-year-old who had been left alone in a Capitol Heights apartment after her hospitalized mother expressed concern over her well-being, officials said.

Cpl. Larry Johnson said police received a call about 12:30 p.m. from the child’s mother who was in a hospital and had been unable to reach the toddler’s father. She asked police to check on the girl, Johnson said.

Officers went to the apartment in the 6900 block of Walker Mill Road about 12:30 p.m. Once they gained access to the apartment they found the toddler in a back bedroom. The girl, who was wearing a soiled diaper and was “extremely hungry,” had been left unattended for several hours, officers said.

The child, who was evaluated at the scene, was unharmed, Johnson said.

Authorities arrested the child’s father but had not charged him as of late Tuesday night.


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Clarence Williams is the night police reporter for The Washington Post and has spent the better part of 13 years standing next to crime scene tape, riding in police cars or waking officials in the middle of night to gather information about breaking news in and around Washington.

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