WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) --Police are asking the public's help in finding answers about the baby girl who was abandoned on Sunday and later died.
On Tuesday, DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier asked that people think about whether they know someone who was recently pregnant and then did not have a child, and if so, to reach out to authorities about that person.
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A source tells 9News Now that the baby girl, who was found abandoned in Northeast Washington and pronounced dead, was only one hour to one day old. The source also says that police do not know if the baby girl was dead or alive when she was left on the steps.
The homeowner, Ian Milne, said the girl was found on a concrete step outside his house. He said the only knock on his door was the bang from his neighbor who discovered the newborn as he was walking home.
Milne, a father himself, said that it looked like the child was just hours old.
DC Police tells 9NEWS that the baby was found by a neighbor at approximately 11:30 Sunday night on the steps of a house on the 3000 block of Channing Street NE. A neighbor was walking home when he saw the baby, cold and stiff, and called 911.
Emergency crews arrived to find someone, the neighbor, performing CPR on the baby, say police. The baby was wrapped in a blanket and was taken to Children's Hospital where she later died.
The cause of her death is still unknown.
Police are still investigating the baby's death. They are searching front and back yards searching for evidence of childbirth. They are also trying to determine why someone did not drop the child off at a safe place such as a hospital or firehouse.
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Anyone with information is asked to call the police at 202-727-9099 or 1-888-919-CRIME (1-888-919-2746). Anonymous information can be text messaged to 50411.