AUDIO | Akron toddler dies after being found unresponsive in cold

Violet Powell
February 7, 2018

Police in OH 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.

An official cause of death had not yet been determined, the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office told IBT that the girl's autopsy was completed Monday, but that the death is still being investigated.

The mother frantically called 911 and said her daughter was "frozen". The mother returned to find the daughter on the porch of their apartment on Doty Drive in Akron at about 3:30 p.m.

She died after paramedics took her to Akron Children's Hospital.

Detectives say the mother left Wynter with her father for about two hours at the family's apartment.

The Washington Post reports that the little girl was identified as 2-year-old Wynter Parker, who apparently wandered outdoors without a coat or warm clothing on. While most never expected something like this to occur, one woman says she often saw the children outside and had to bring them home to their mother a couple of times.

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The frantic mother called 911 after discovering her 2-year-old unresponsive. Police in OH are investigating the death of a toddler found "frozen" on her front porch. The medical examiner reported that Wynter died of severe hypothermia.

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

She was surprised when police officers knocked on her door. "It was freezing and that was my biggest worry when the cops came", Lucas said.

Lucas said it was not the first time either of the children had been allowed to roam free by themselves. "It was a few times that I had to take both of her kids home", Lucas said.

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

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