Child found in sub-zero temperatures

3-year-old girl flown to Denver Children's Hospital

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— A 3-year-old child is at Denver Children's Hospital after apparently wandering away from her home with little to protect her from sub-zero temperatures.

The child, a girl, was found at about 8:50 a.m. Wednesday on the side of Routt County Road 52E near Fly Gulch, Lt. Bill Brandenburg of the Routt County Sheriff's Office said. The child's name has not been released.

The girl was found by a passing motorist - Kathleen Fitzsimmons. The child was wearing a long sleeve shirt, but no pants and no shoes. The temperature at the time according to National Weather Service readings was below zero.

Fitzsimmons immediately took the child to Yampa Valley Medical Center, and she was flown from there by helicopter to Denver Children's Hospital, Brandenburg said.

Hospital officials were not immediately available for comment. The child's condition is not known.

Brandenburg said the child had been missing from her home, about a quarter mile away, for about 45 minutes. He said her father left earlier in the morning for work, taking the child's two older siblings to school. The mother, he said, was sick and resting and did not immediately notice when the child went missing, Brandenburg said.

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