Shivering young girl found next to mum’s body who ‘froze to death’

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A young girl has tragically been found shivering in a forest beside her lifeless mother who had died of hypothermia.

A massive search party for the pair including 80 volunteers, police sniffer dogs, drones and a helicopter eventually found the scared girl, Polina, about 8km inside the bear-infested forest in Russia from where they were last seen in the Vladimir region.

She was given first aid and warm clothes and taken to hospital.

Polina has been left without a legal guardian following her mother's death. Source: East2West/ Australscope
Polina has been left without a legal guardian following her mother's death. Source: East2West/ Australscope

A pile of clothes belonging to the girl and her mother were found in the forest with authorities investigating why they may have ditched their clothing in such conditions.

The frozen girl had sat all night beside her dead mother, Olga Davydova, 36, from Gus-Khrustalny town, reported Moskovsky Komsomolets.

“The life and health of the child is not currently in danger,” said the Russian Investigative Committee.

Davydova had been distraught over the recent death of her mother Svetlana Pankova, 58, an ambulance paramedic, from Covid-19.

Items of clothing, including shoes, were found discarded in the forest. Source: East2West/ Australscope
Items of clothing, including shoes, were found discarded in the forest. Source: East2West/ Australscope

Until her death, the grandmother had mainly raised Polina, said a local official.

Now the girl has no legal guardian to raise her.

“We will decide later on the issue of establishing guardianship for the girl," Senior local official Alexei Sokolov said.

“The search was serious, we had just a few hours. Everyone understood that they needed to search faster.

“There was frost, freezing temperatures. We feared for the child's life."

Investigations into Davydova's death are ongoing. Authorities say it is unclear at this stage why they went walking in the forest where temperatures can drop to -7C this time of year.

-East2West/ Australscope

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