“She’s frozen! She’s frozen!” the mother screamed frantically.
The toddler, who was identified by the Akron Police Department as 2-year-old Wynter Parker, was rushed to Akron Children’s Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, authorities said.
The child’s death is under investigation, and authorities on Monday had not said whether charges may be filed in the case.
Police responded about 3:30 p.m. Friday to the family’s home on Doty Drive. The mother — who has not been publicly identified by authorities — told police she had found her young daughter unconscious and cold to the touch on the front porch, authorities said.
The mother later told investigators that she had gone out with her 4-year-old son, leaving Wynter with the child’s father, according to a statement from police. The father, who also wasn’t publicly identified by police, “works a night shift job and fell asleep,” police said in the statement. “The two year old wandered outside the house and was found by the mother when she returned home.”
The mother had been away from the house for about two hours, police said.
In the eight-minute audio recording, she told the dispatcher that her daughter “left and went outside.”
Asked how long the toddler had been out there, she replied, “I have no idea!”
The dispatcher patiently instructed the hysterical mother to breathe into her child’s mouth and start chest compressions while she waited for help, counting with her: “One, two, three, four. One, two, three, four.”
“I’m pumping! I’m pumping!” the mother cried, pleading for paramedics. “Where are they? Oh my God, she’s not responding!”
After the incident, neighbors grappled with what had happened.
“I cried because I just don’t understand how a 2-year-old could be outside and you not know,” Crystal Lucas told Fox affiliate WJW.
She added: “It’s just a very sad situation. It literally broke my heart.”
The Summit County medical examiner’s office said it was performing an autopsy Monday afternoon to determine the cause of death.