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Mother found pushing dead 3-year-old in swing at Maryland park

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(WJLA) - A 24-year-old mother was found by police pushing her dead 3-year-old child in a swing early Friday morning in Maryland, according to authorities.Police said they received a call Friday morning saying the woman had been pushing the toddler for "an unusually long period of time," perhaps even overnight at a park in La Plata, Maryland. The unidentified child, police said, showed no obvious signs of trauma, but was taken to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Baltimore where an autopsy will be conducted to determine a cause of death. The mother, who was not identified by authorities, was taken to an area hospital for a medical evaluation.After responding to a call, La Plata Town Police and Charles County Sheriff's officials arrived on scene to Willis Memorial Park on 500 St. Mary's Ave. and spotted the woman pushing the deceased child in a swing.An investigation is ongoing and additional details were not released.

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