Two Ohio parents were recently sentenced to prison nearly a year after their 2-year-old daughter froze to death on their front porch.
WOIO reported that Tierra Williams, 23, was sentenced to 18 months while Dariaun Parker, 25, was sentenced to two years for the February 2018 death of Wynter Parker. The toddler girl wandered out of their Akron home and locked herself out. Williams found her frozen to death on the front porch when she returned home that afternoon.
Wynter was trapped outside for about two hours. According to Cleveland.com, police said Williams left the toddler with Dariaun Parker while she ventured out with their 4-year-old son. The father had worked an evening shift and fell asleep while watching his daughter.
Williams called 911 that afternoon and rushed Wynter to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead. It was around 15 degrees in Akron on the day in question.
“My daughter, she was outside! My daughter, she’s not breathing!” the hysterical mother is heard saying in the 911 call obtained by The Washington Post. “She is ice cold! She’s not responding to me! She’s frozen! She’s frozen!”
The Akron Beacon Journal reported that Wynter’s parents split after her death and were sharing custody of their two surviving children while under Summit County Children Services’ supervision.
Last November, the pair pleaded guilty to endangering children in connection with the 2-year-old’s death. Tensions were high during Friday’s sentencing as the late toddler’s parents hoped they would get probation.
Prosecutors pushed for prison time, alleging that before Wynter’s death, police had been called to the Akron home due to children being found outside unattended. Moreover, prosecutors said Williams left the toddler in Dariaun’s care despite knowing he hadn’t gotten any sleep, according to the newspaper.
Williams and Dariaun are eligible for parole.
“That is so f**ked up!” Williams screamed as a deputy hauled her out the courtroom in handcuffs.
“I’m so f**king mad!”
[Featured image: Wynter Parker/GoFundMe]