Last night at approximately 10:07 p.m., Officer David Reed of the Police Community Action Team (PCAT)- Special Operations Division was patrolling the White Oak Shopping Center parking lot (located at 11200 New Hampshire Avenue) when a shopper alerted him to the sounds of a woman crying.
Officer Reed located a woman who was hysterically crying and hunched over in the front passenger seat of a vehicle. He introduced himself and attempted to ask her how he could help her but she did not acknowledge him. She also shielded a baby that she had pressed against her chest from his view. Officer Reed attempted to comfort and reassure the woman and at that time he noticed that the woman had a baby in her arms. The infant was unresponsive and unconscious.
Officer Reed took the baby from the woman and performed life-saving measures; the child then began to cry. The father of the baby returned to the vehicle during the interaction. Fire & Rescue transported the infant to the hospital. The baby girl has since been released from the hospital and is now with family; she is expected to make a full recovery. The 21-year-old woman, now identified as the baby’s mother, was transported to the hospital for a medical evaluation.
Detectives from the Special Victims Investigation Division (SVID) responded to the incident last night and continue to investigate this incident today. SVID is coordinating with Child Protective Services (CPS) and the State’s Attorney’s Office regarding this case.
Because of the ongoing investigation and possible criminal charges associated with this event, additional details cannot be released at this time.
The Department is grateful to the resident who was concerned and alerted officers to the incident.