After hearing a child’s voice call out, a Utah man was more than shocked to see a little girl in the cold without a jacket or shoes. Unfortunately, things would only get worse a few moments later – and even the cops would come running as the next few moments of terror began to unfold.
Marcus King was minding his own business as he walked to a park for a pickup game of basketball in Ogden, Utah. However, he wouldn’t quite make it as a timid little voice caught his attention. Investigating the sound, he came around a corner to find out where it came from.
As it turns out, a little 4-year-old girl was playing on a playground by herself. Making matters worse, Marcus states that she wasn’t in a good part of town. “This is not a good part of Ogden — there’s a lot of weirdos around here, and I’m really, really fortunate and happy that I got to her, and nobody else did,” he said.
Sadly, that was the only thing good that would come from that night. After coming around the bend, Marcus was shocked to see that the girl was severely underdressed. With it being about 6 p.m. and just after sunset, it was extremely cold outside as temperatures were near freezing.
However, the 4-year-old girl was merely wearing a t-shirt and pants – no jacket, no shoes. Knowing he had to do something to help the little girl, Marcus took her to a nearby community center to ask for assistance, and someone got on the phone with the police.
Within a short period of time, a few uniformed police officers arrived to help the girl get home and, more importantly, find her parents — but things wouldn’t be quite so easy. For three long hours, police ran around searching for anyone who knew anything about the little girl, and that’s when they found an open door.
“When they walked over there, the door was wide open,” King said. “And the way the little girl was explaining it was: Her mom wasn’t paying attention, and her mom was on the floor sleeping.” Moments later, quite a few more first responders came running to the scene as they learned about the terror that was unfolding.
Sadly, the situation would only get worse as police walked inside to learn that the little girl’s mother had passed away. Even more shockingly, she had been deceased for quite some time, which is why the little girl left the house without the appropriate clothes and ventured down the street all by herself.
Lt. Tim Scott with Ogden Police spoke about the scene.
“Officers went inside and found a 41-year-old mother dead,” he said. “She was living alone with her mother. There is no sign of foul play. There are some pre-existing medical conditions that may have played a role.”
Ogden Police confirm the girl’s mother died nearly 24 hours before the child was found by King. At some point, the young girl left the apartment and went across the street to the playground. [Source: PIX 11]
Currently, the girl has been taken into the custody of the Division of Child and Family Services until authorities can determine whether she has any family she can stay with. However, most people seemed relieved that the situation played out the way it did overall.
After all, things could have ended a lot differently when a young child is left without the help of a loving parent. Fortunately, it seems that God sent this little girl a guardian angel at just the right time – even if he just thought he was on his way to play a little basketball.