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Missing baby found in Washington, police say

Authorities say a missing 7-month-old baby boy and the teen he was left with Friday in Baltimore have been found in northeast Washington.

According to Washington police spokesman Officer Anthony Clay, the baby, Ki'Yauhn Birch, and the teenager, Jonae Boozer, were found at a bus stop in the 4400 block of Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave. shortly after 6 a.m. Monday by police officers responding to a call.

Baltimore police spokesman Kevin Brown said Monday that Baltimore detectives were interviewing Boozer, 16, about the incident. No charges have been filed, Brown said in a press release, and the investigation continues.

Brown said that the infant was taken to a local hospital as a precaution but that the boy and Boozer appeared to be in good health.

"I'm happy that they found my baby," said Whitney McGee, the baby's 20-year-old mother, while she was on her way to retrieve Ki'Yauhn at Children's Hospital Center.

Later, as friends and family members celebrated his safe return, McGee said, "I'm just glad he's home. I'm relieved. I just want to spend time with him."

The boy went missing after his father left him with Boozer on Friday

Charles Birch, the baby's 20-year-old father, said Boozer was a friend of a friend and stopped by his home on Lyndhurst Street while he was taking care of his young son. After a while, she asked for a cigarette; he didn't have any, and left Boozer to watch Ki'Yauhn while he went to a neighborhood store.

"I went to get cigarettes, and my son's gone," he said. Birch said he barely knew Boozer and didn't know how to reach her; he called police Saturday morning.

Birch could not be reached Monday.

The Baltimore police department had put out an urgent request for the public's assistance in finding the boy. More than 70 people rallied Sunday evening on an Edmondson Village street corner to call for the infant's safe return.

Pastors and relatives at the rally surrounded McGee, the baby's mother, as she pleaded for Boozer to surrender him.

Asked what she would tell other parents, McGee said, "Don't leave your kids unattended."

Don Markus contributed to this report.

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