A two-year-old tragically girl froze to death after she wandered outside her home when her father fell asleep.
Wynter Park’s mother left the child with her father while she ran errands with her four-year-old son.
However, the father, who works nights, fell asleep with Wynter’s mother discovering her daughter outside the porch of their apartment in Akron, Ohio, US at around 3.30pm.
The young girl had wandered outside and was found unresponsive, not wearing a hat, coat or gloves.
Paramedics rushed to the scene after her mother frantically rang the emergency services but Wynter died in hospital.
According to the medical examiner’s office, Wynter had suffered severe hypothermia with the official cause of death not yet determined.
Once the autopsy is complete, the police will decide if charges will be brought.
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Lt. Rick Edwards told Fox 8:
Obviously, this is still under investigation to see if there is any wrongdoing on behalf of the parents.
We need to follow up with neighbours, we need to look at past history.
We need to look at the parents to see what their participation or non participation was.
We are awaiting results from the medical examiner’s office. So there is a lot to tidy up in this case to find out what actually happened
Heartbroken members of the community have been leaving cuddly toys outside the home to pay their respects.
A fundraising page on GoFundMe has now been set up to help pay for Wynter’s funeral.
Explaining how the incident happened, Wynter’s mum wrote:
The death of losing a child, it’s like losing your breath and never catching it again. Today, I’m filled with deep sorrow, grief, complete emptiness and pure agony.
I am filled with tremendous regret as I announce the passing of my two year old little girl, Wynter. While Wynter and her dad slept peacefully, Wynter being the growing, curious, ambitious toddler that she is awoken from her nap without disturbing Dad and left our home.
No one was aware that she was outside in the snowfall, in freezing temperatures with life slipping away from her, dying. My little girl froze to death.
When I found her she was alone and unresponsive. My sweet little girl who was always so warm and full of life was now cold and lifeless.
Click here to support Wynter's funeral fund organized by Dashanda Parker https://t.co/FnqEzJQdl0
— ParadiseCamille (@ImaniNelson75) February 5, 2018
Wynter’s mother then added that if anyone could donate she would be thankful writing:
She was immediately rushed to the hospital where a team of doctors tried everything they could to save my baby girl but within ours she succumbed to her injuries. There was nothing more that could be done. It was too late.
In this trying time, there’s no amount of money that could ease the pain of losing Wynter but hopelessly, I ask for the help of burying my baby Wynter.
Due to extreme financial hardships, I am respectfully asking for donations to give her a proper burial. Anything will help.
Thank you to everyone who has prayed for my family and I. I ask God to keep me covered in his mercy and guide me through my heartache.
If you would like to donate click here. Our thoughts are with Wynter’s family and friends at this difficult time.
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.