VENETIE, A.K. (WSPA) — A 5-year-old walked through extreme temperatures in the Alaskan terrain on Tuesday with an 18-month-old after officials say they were left home alone.
The 5-year-old and toddler were in Venetie, Alaska, where the temperature was -31 degrees Fahrenheit (-35 degrees Celsius), according to a dispatch from the state’s Department of Public Safety.
The children made it to a neighbor’s home with “cold injuries,” Alaska State Troopers said.
The 5-year-old got scared when the power went out and carried the toddler about half a mile while wearing only socks and light clothing, according to Alaska State Troopers.
Julie Peter, 37, was charged with endangering the welfare of a minor in the first degree, the dispatch said.
Officials said an investigation showed she ” deserted a 5-year-old and 18-month-old in her home with no adult supervision.”