Toddler Left Home Alone Freezes to Death After Going Outside to Find Mom

A toddler has tragically lost his life, after wandering outside in subzero temperatures to look for his absent mother. The 18-month-old "didn't stand a chance" in the -10 degree weather in the tiny Russian village of Sosnovka, according to authorities.


After Marina Yefimova, 29, put her son Gleb to bed, she decided to go out and visit with some friends. Unfortunately, at some point the little guy woke up and missed his mommy.

Gleb apparently managed to find his way down the stairs and out the back door, which was unlocked. The harsh winter climate of central Russia was too much for him, and Marina found his tiny little frozen body hours later when she returned home and couldn't find him in the house.

She took him to the hospital, but it was too late. A spokesman said, "When she brought him in she was hysterical. We did all we could to try and resuscitate the child but in these temperatures he didn't stand a chance. Sadly there was nothing we could do."

Break our hearts! Mom is now facing neglect charges for leaving the tot to fend for himself, even if she did believe he was sleeping. A police representative said, "When questioned she first said she had gone out to get wood for the fire. But she soon admitted she'd left him alone to go and see friends."

Her husband is in disbelief over the events that occurred while he was away on a business trip. Tikhon, 33, said, "I can't believe this has happened. She is a good mother and a good wife. The whole thing is completely incomprehensible."

It's so easy to judge Marina's neglect in this case, but who knows what was going on? Did she have a super bad parenting day and just needed a moment with friends? Did Gleb have a history of sleeping through the night like a rock? It just doesn't seem like she had any idea this could happen. It seems like a tragic case of one bad decision leading to devastation.

Have you ever considered leaving your toddler alone in the house while he slept?


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