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Police: Father arrested for leaving 13-month-old alone in Occupy DC tent

An overall view of the Occupy DC encampment January 8, 2012 in McPherson Square in Washington, DC. Today marks the 100th day of occupation in DC. KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images

The Occupy D.C. encampment in McPherson Square
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(CBS/WUSA/AP) WASHINGTON - Police say the father of a 13-month-old girl has been charged with child cruelty after he allegedly left her alone in a tent at the Occupy D.C. protest camp at McPherson Square.

U.S. Park Police Sgt. David Schlosser says officers were called to McPherson Square Wednesday morning after other people living in the park heard the girl crying.

According to Schlosser, the child may have been alone for about 30 minutes before police arrived, reports CBS affiliate WUSA. The toddler was wearing just a "onesie" on a rainy day when the temperature was in the mid-40s.

Schlosser says the girl was physically unharmed but has been turned over to the Child and Family Services Agency in D.C., reports WUSA.

Police arrested a man who approached officers about 30 minutes later claiming to be the girl's father and charged him with attempted second degree cruelty to children.

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