Published: Mon, December 09, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Children trek through sub-freezing temps to neighbor's house

Children trek through sub-freezing temps to neighbor's house

A 5-year-old child left alone in a house in a remote Alaska village carried a toddler half a mile to a neighbour's home in the bitter cold wearing only socks and light clothing after the power went out, authorities said Friday. The temperature exterior was reportedly 31 levels beneath zero on the time, when the five-year-old grew to become nervous in regards to the energy going out and realized he wanted to get the 18-month-old toddler to security.

The children's mother, identified as Julie Peter, 37, was arrested for allegedly endangering the welfare of a minor.

Both children suffered cold-weather injuries, according to an Alaska Department of Safety news release.

Extremely, in accordance with Alaska State Troopers who have been dispatched to the small village of Venetie in distant, northern Alaska to analyze the incident, the 2 youngsters arrived at a neighbor's home regardless of carrying exclusively "light clothing and socks" to make the trek.

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Eventually, the two children reached a neighbor's home and those residents contacted local law enforcement about the deserted children.

During the unsafe trek, the children were not properly clothed and were only wearing light clothing, including socks, at the time. It is not clear how long they were alone, and Marsh said he could not say what the children's relationship with Peter is. She was arrested and charged with one count of first degree endangering the welfare of a minor.

Once the children reached the neighbor's home, the adults there called the police, and that's when troopers were dispatched by aircraft to the small village (population 175) to figure out the situation. At the time, the temperature in the village located about 155 miles north of Fairbanks was -31F.

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