30 below zero: Alaska toddler freezes to death inside home

Mother and boyfriend allegedly left toddler and baby alone in room, naked, with window open

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Mother and boyfriend allegedly left toddler and baby alone in room, naked, with window open

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An Alaskan toddler, 3-years-old, is dead after her mother’s boyfriend left her in a frigid room with the window wide open. Air temperatures in the remote Alaskan town of Barrow reached 30 below zero the day the toddler and her sister were air-lifted to an Anchorage hospital. The toddler’s sister, 1-year-old, suffered extreme hypothermia but survived the alleged neglect. The children’s mother, Esther Edwards-Gust, 28-years-old, is an Elementary school teacher at the local school and works during the day. The mother’s boyfriend, Richard Tilden Jr., also 28-years-old, watches the baby and toddler during the day while Edwards-Gust works. She reportedly told police that the girls were clothed and sleeping before she left for work last week but her story doesn’t match Tilden Jr.’s. Tilden Jr. claims he started drinking heavily the night before and woke up shortly after 12-noon. He alleges that he checked on the girls and found they had both urinated and defecated on their bed. When he picked them up, they were ice-cold and the 3-year-old toddler was not breathing.

Police arrived after Tilden Jr. called 911 and found the toddler naked, in Tilden Jr.’s arms, blue and without a pulse. It took 3 hours for emergency medical staff to revive the toddler but she eventually succumbed to her injuries on Saturday morning when she passed. Police also noted that the girls were essentially locked in their room, tortured by the sub-zero temperatures because the door couldn’t be opened from the inside.

Barrow police say they are charging the girls mother,¬†Edwards-Gust, and her boyfriend, Tilden Jr., with two felony assaults. They are also investigating blood found on the baby’s clothing and mouth.

Tilden Jr.’s own children, three boys, were also staying at the house at the time but police did not mention their condition in their report.

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According to Wikipedia, Barrow, Alaska is ‘one of the north-most cities in the world’.

Source: Anchorage Daily News

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