Three-year-old twin sisters who apparently woke up during the night and decided to go out to play were found in a stupor early Friday, huddled together in an alley in the 10-below-zero cold.
Jennifer and Kourtney Woracek were discovered wearing only pants and light shirts. Jennifer was unconscious; Kourtney was barely conscious.
They were hospitalized with severe frostbite and exposure - Jennifer in critical condition, Kourtney in serious condition.
Jennifer’s temperature was less than 70 degrees and her heart had stopped, hospital officials said.
The girls got up during the night and decided to go play, said police spokesman Sgt. William Muldoon. Their father awoke and discovered the open door.
An hourlong search ended when an officer followed footprints across a four-lane street and up a hill to an alley.
Kourtney was lying on her sister to keep her warm, Muldoon said.