At first, it appeared to be a doll lying on a step, outside the fence of a house in the 3000 block of Channing Street NE.
But something didn't seem right to Emmanuel Dugger, a neighbor walking by just before 11:30 p.m. Sunday, and he ran to get his father, Eugene.
"I was in shock, so I had to grab somebody else to make sure I wasn't seeing things," he said.
What they found wasn't a doll, but a baby girl, left naked and partially covered by a thin towel. It was 25 degrees at the time.