Woman freezes to death as neighbours ignore screams

“Clawing” marks found on nearby screen door

A 66-year-old Toronto woman with dementia froze to death within a block of her house Monday morning. Neighbours heard screams, and, according to police, one looked outside and noticed someone stumbling, but none tried to help or call 911. The woman, whose name has not been released, was wearing winter clothes but had removed her jacket and glasses. Her body was discovered by a woman delivering newspapers at about 5:30 a.m.   “It’s a circumstance where we should have been notified to attend. That’s what we do,” said Sergeant David Dubé. “Could it have saved a life? I don’t know. I would think so.” The woman, whose name has not been released, was last seen by her husband shortly before 2 a.m. He called police at 4:45 a.m. when he awoke and found she was missing.

The Globe and Mail

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