2-Year-Old Girl Found Frozen to Death on Her Own Front Porch


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It's frigidly cold in many parts of the country, and that means parents are taking extra precautions to keep their kids safe in the dangerous temperatures. Unfortunately, a 2-year-old girl in Akron, Ohio, became a victim of that devastating cold. Neighbors are desperate for answers after a toddler girl was found frozen to death on her own front porch.

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Akron police say they were called to an apartment around 3:30 p.m. on Friday, February 2, by a mom who said she found her daughter "frozen" and unresponsive outside. In a recording of the 911 call obtained by KTRK, a dispatcher can be heard explaining to the mom how to perform CPR on her little girl.

"You're gonna carefully tilt the head back, you're gonna pinch her nose closed and completely cover her mouth with your mouth and then blow two regular breaths into the lungs," she explains.

Police have not released the name of the toddler or her mother, but the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office tells Fox 8 the toddler suffered severe hypothermia. Neighbors tell Fox 8 the toddler's mom also has another young son and it wasn't unusual to see her kids playing outside alone.

Crystal Lucas, a neighbor who spoke with KTRK, said she is devastated by the news and wants to know how the toddler was left outside in the first place. "I've had to take the baby home because she'll be outside playing, it was a few times that I had to take both of her kids home," she said. "I cried [when I found out what happened] because I just don't understand how a 2-year-old could be outside and you not know."

Police are still investigating how the toddler got outside and no arrests have been made, but the lack of details hasn't stopped people from speculating about what may have happened. In the discussion on the Fox 59 Facebook page, some wondered how long the child was actually in the cold.

Others simply wanted to know how a 2-year-old could be missing for any length of time without her parents realizing how quiet it was.

But many people also called for sympathy for this mom and her family.

It's impossible to know if this mom fell asleep or was ill, or if there are some other extenuating circumstances that led to what happened. Whatever the case may be, this toddler's death was a horrible tragedy and should inspire all parents to keep their kids that much closer as we weather the last of the winter months.

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