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Two-month-old missing from Hagerstown found in Washington, D.C., woman taken into custody

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Posted at 2:24 PM, Mar 08, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-09 15:54:39-05

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — A two-month-old missing from Hagerstown was found safe in Washington, D.C., the Hagerstown Police Department said.

The child, Zori Cherry, was found with the assistance from the FBI, Maryland State Police and the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department.

Tianna Dawkins was arrested on an outstanding warrant in D.C. in relation to the investigation.

Police said Dawkins took the child from his mother's home in Hagerstown and took off to Washington, D.C. where they were found.

Officers said Dawkins and the child's mother knew each other. The child was given to the custody of Child Protective Services.

"We want to send our gratitude to our partnering agencies and especially the HPD detectives that worked around the clock with little to no sleep to ensure this child was found," Hagerstown Police said in a statement. "This investigation is ongoing to determine if others were involved and potential charges. Thank you to the public for your support as we worked through this complicated case."

According to the Hagerstown Police Department, officers were waved over at the intersection of W. Franklin St and N. Prospect St when a woman told officers that she had left her two-month-old baby at her apartment in the 200 block of W. Franklin St. with a male acquaintance.

She told police when she returned, the man was still there but the baby was gone.