AKRON, Ohio — Police in Ohio say a toddler who died after her mother found her on a porch in freezing temperatures had wandered from home when her father fell asleep.
Authorities say 2-year-old Wynter Parker's mother left for a few hours Friday only to come back and find her daughter unresponsive on their apartment's front porch.
The Akron Beacon Journal reports the mother called 911 and screamed "she's frozen."
The girl later died at a hospital. Temperatures on Friday ranged between 12 and 19 degrees Fahrenheit (-11 and -7 degrees Celsius).
Detectives say the mother left Wynter with her father for about two hours at the family's apartment.
Authorities say the girl's father works a night shift and fell asleep.
No charges have been filed. Results from an autopsy Monday are pending.
The frantic mother called 911 after discovering her 2-year-old unresponsive. The girl was taken to Akron Children’s Hospital where she died.
The temperature for much of Friday remained in the teens.
“You're gonna carefully tilt the head back, you're gonna pinch her nose closed and completely cover her mouth with your mouth and blow two regular breaths into the lungs," says a dispatcher on the 911 call.
"I cried because I just don't understand how a 2-year-old could be outside and you not know," neighbor Crystal Lucas told WJW.
Lucas says the woman who lives in the apartment kept to herself and had two children, the 2-year-old girl and a boy. She was surprised when police officers knocked on her door.
"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.
Neighbors say they would occasionally hear people arguing outside of the apartment. Lucas says she has seen both children outside alone before.