Barrow Toddler Dies of Hypothermia
3-year-old found cold and without a pulse
BARROW--New information was released Friday about how a toddler in Barrow died.
On February 2, officers responded to an apartment where they found two children – ages 3 and 1 – nude and hypothermic, with a bedroom window open. Outside, the temperature was 30 degrees below zero.
Both children had been left in the care of 28-year-old Richard Tilden Jr. Tilden was the boyfriend of the children’s mother, Esther Edwards-Gust, and the one who made the emergency call saying the child was unresponsive.
The 1-year-old was found with bruising and dried blood around her mouth.
After arriving at the Momeganna Street Apartment, Sergeant James Michaels noticed the 3-year-old was cold to the touch, blue in the lips and without a pulse.
She was given immediate CPR and rushed to Samuel Simmonds Memorial Hospital, where hospital personal performed CPR for three hours until her heart was able to beat on its own. Doctors were also rushing to bring the both girls core temperatures back up.
The two were sent by medical evacuation to the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, where they were both listed as critical.
The 3-year-old died on February 4 from extreme hypothermia.
Police noted that Tilden smelled of liquor and saw two bottles of Rich and Rare Whiskey on the floor.
Both adults have been charged with two counts of felony assault.