Toddler Found Frozen To Death On Porch

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On Feb. 2, a 2-year-old in Ohio was found frozen to death on her front porch.

According to detectives, Wynter Parker's mother left her alone with her father at home while she was out with her with her 4-year-old son, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

The toddler's father -- who reportedly works a night shift -- fell asleep, and the toddler wandered outside where she was found by her mother, who had just arrived home.

The 2-year-old wandered outside during temperatures that were said to be in the teens. Wynter was found unresponsive by her mother when she returned home.

Authorities rushed to the scene after the girl's mother called 911 and took the child to Akron Children’s Hospital, where she died, CNN reports.

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The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office is now looking into the cause of her death.

While hospital officials refuse to discuss the specifics of Wynter's death, they offered winter-safety tips for parents.

The hospital's injury prevention supervisor, Heather Trnka, warned parents that young children with exposed skin can suffer frostbite and hypothermia in just 30 minutes when the temperature is zero degrees.

"That is one of the things parents don't quite realize," Trnka said, urging parents to ensure their kids wear layers of clothes and monitor how long they are outside. "That happens much quicker for our little ones."

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"It's important they come inside to prevent hypothermia and frostbite," she added.

Yet while the hospital blames the cold, police are investigating whether or not the parents were also to blame.

Authorities are conducting an official investigation and questioning neighbors about the family.

Many said they would occasionally hear arguing outside of the apartment, while neighbor Crystal Lucas says she has seen both children left outside alone in the past.

"I've had to take the baby home 'cause she’ll be outside playing," Lucas said. "It was a few times that I had to take both of her kids home."

When authorities knocked on her door, Lucas says she recalls being worried before bursting into tears.

"It was freezing and that was my biggest worry when the cops came, when they started asking about the kids, they didn't divulge what was really going on, but when he asked about the kids, obviously something was going on and I was worried," Lucas said.

"I cried because I just don't understand how a two-year-old could be outside and you not know," she added.

Sources: CNN via KRONAkron Beacon Journal / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: Jason Hollinger/FlickrJack Wallsten/Flickr

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