Alexandria police located Natasha D. Quinn, 24, and her eight-month-old daughter, Jacinda, in Washington, D.C. With assistance from the Metropolitan Police Department and Metro Transit Police Department, detectives located Quinn and her baby around 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7, at Sixth and H streets in Northeast. Joseph Lancaster, Jr., Jacinda’s father, was also with them. He was arrested by Metropolitan police on an outstanding federal warrant.
Police responded to that location after receiving a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Alexandria. NCMEC had received a call from a citizen who had seen all three subjects as they waited for a Metro bus.
Quinn and Jacinda were in good physical condition and returned to Alexandria with a detective. Children Protective Services responded to Alexandria police headquarters and took custody of Jacinda.
Quinn was first reported missing to Alexandria police three weeks ago when she left a women’s shelter with her baby, but without the baby’s formula, diapers and other supplies. Concerned for Quinn’s well-being, shelter staff contacted police. In early April, Quinn had taken Jacinda to the Alexandria Hospital for treatment of bruises. She told investigators that Lancaster had assaulted Jacinda. A criminal investigation into Jacinda’s injuries continues.