Staff at Cleveland Elementary School in the District recently gave a 3-year-old to the wrong person, according to police.
Police were called to the elementary school at 7:28 p.m. Friday, according to a public incident report from the Metropolitan Police Department.
The child was bundled up in winter clothing when a person picked up the youngster, believing the child was his niece. By the time police arrived, the person was on his way back to the school to return the child, according to the report.
Police determined school staff gave the wrong child to the person, the report stated.
News of the incident was first reported by WRC-TV (Channel 4).
Police spokesman Sean Hickman said there doesn't appear to be criminal intent. Hickman declined to say if the person who intended to pick up the 3-year-old was a parent.
Kristina Saccone, a D.C. Public Schools spokeswoman, issued a statement saying the district is looking into the incident. She declined further comment.
"D.C. Public Schools is committed to fostering a learning environment where students are safe and secure," she wrote.