Young Children Found Alone Outside in Freezing Temperatures
According to a report, a 1-year-old girl and 3-year-old boy were found wearing coats, but the girl was barefoot, at about 5:15 a.m. near the Fee Fee Road and Ross Road intersection.
A St. Louis Post-Dispatch delivery driver making his rounds early Wednesday morning found two children outside in 13-degree temperatures near Maryland Heights, the newspaper reports.
According to the report, a 1-year-old girl and 3-year-old boy were found wearing coats, but the girl was barefoot, at about 5:15 a.m. near the Fee Fee Road and Ross Road intersection. That intersection is in unincorporated St. Louis County and sits just southwest of the Interstate 270 and Page Avenue intersection.
From the report:
The home was lit up with exterior Christmas lights, but the doors were locked, police said. Officials don't know how the children got out or how long they had been outside.
According to Fox 2 News, St. Louis County police did go into the home and found three men sleeping inside. Five more children — aged 15 years and younger — were also inside the home. Police say the two toddlers found outside live at the home. None of the men were parents of any of the children at the home. But, police are still trying to find if and how the men are related to the children.
For more on this story, read the Post-Dispatch's report.