However, a Comcast cable installer saw the girl huddled under the bumper of a car and crying and took action. He made sure the girl, believed to be about 4 years old, was safe while authorities continued after the stolen vehicle by holding the child inside his work van until police arrived.
The little girl's mother was carjacked at about 7 p.m. Wednesday outside Children's National Medical Center.
Then the thieves pushed the girl out of the van several blocks away on Franklin Street in Northeast.
One person was taken into custody.
The little girl was bleeding when she was found, but her injuries were not believed to be serious.
The Comcast employee, Irvin Kinny, spoke to NBC Washington about the incident.
"By the grace of God I was there," he said. "Everything's fine. It's the end of a good story. Everything turned out well and she's back, re-united with her parents."