3-year-old found after wandering from Ely home in -10 degree temperatures
A 3-year-old girl has been found after leaving her Ely home early Tuesday morning. According to Ely Police Chief Chad Houde, police were called around 5:00 a.m. on a report of a missing child from a residence in the 400 block of Washington Street in Ely.
The child’s father called 911 when he was unable to locate the toddler after searching the house. He found the outside door was open and the girls boots were gone.
Authorities arrived on scene and began a search for the child.
According to an official report from the Ely Police Department, the Virginia Police Department brought their K9, Teddy to assist in the search. K9 Teddy lead officers to a vacant house next door. The 3-year-old had gotten into a unheated porch through an unlocked door.
According to reports, the temperature at the time of the 911 call was approximately -10 degrees.
The girl was very cold and slow to respond to officers. According to the report, officers immediately began to try and warm the child. She was brought back to her home to await the ambulance. She was transported to Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital.
According to the Ely Police report, health officials were able to stabilize the girl and she was transported to another facility.
Assisting in the search were the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Department, Lake County Sheriff’s Department, Babbitt Police Department, Virginia Police Department, St. Louis County Rescue Squad, Ely Fire Department/First Responders, Ely Area Ambulance Service and the Ely Blommenson Communtiy Hospital.