ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI)– Two children found out in the cold on Wednesday morning did not suffer any health problems thanks to William Mueller. Four-year-old Sebastian and 2-year-old Patricia were found by the newspaper delivery man.
Mueller called police when he saw the girl and boy wearing coats. The girl was barefoot. They were outside a home in the 12,000 block of Fee Fee near Ross Rd. The temperature was 13 degrees.
“She was screaming,” said Mueller. “She had no shoes or socks on and when I found her she was standing on a piece of ice.”
Police say the children had not been out long. Their parents work overnight cleaning jobs at area movie theatres. The parents drop their kids off at the home on Fee Fee to stay with relatives overnight.
The family did not speak English so police called in a Spanish speaking officer to translate.
Three adult males were asleep inside the home along with several other children. Police believe Patricia and Sebastian let themselves out of the home so no arrests were made.
St. Louis County Police did contact immigration officials to see if the family was living here legally.
Police did find several code violations inside the home so code enforcement officials have declared the residence uninhabitable.
Police found a gas leak, partially collapsed ceiling and roaches.
The children were lucky they were found quickly.
St. Louis Children’s pediatric physician Douglas Carlson says it doesn`t take long for a child to suffer health problems from extreme cold.
“One half hour to 45 minute there’s a chance of severe problems,” said Dr. Carlson.
He added that frostbite can occur within 15 to 20 minutes if the skin is wet.
If your child shows signs of frostbite, Dr. Carlson recommends re-warming the skin with a dry cloth/blanket or dipping the skin into lukewarm water.