*The family of a 3-year-old Canadian boy is mourning the child’s death after he got out of his family’s apartment in the wee hours of the morning with nothing but a T-Shirt, boots and a diaper on, according to the Huffington Post.
Elijah Marsh was pronounced dead at the city’s North York General Hospital following a search with the help of law enforcement and volunteers. The boy was reportedly found huddled near an air conditioner unit—just 1,000 feet away from where he reportedly slipped from his family’s Toronto apartment. It is suspected the child spent up to six hours in frigid -4 degree Fahrenheit temps, some reports say.
The ordeal reportedly began after his family awoke to find Elijah missing about 7:30 a.m. Thursday after putting him to bed on Wednesday, the report says. It’s unclear how he opened the door and slipped from the apartment wearing nothing but a T-Shirt, diaper and boots.
After a frantic search Elijah was found around 10:15 a.m. Surveillance camera footage was release by police that showed a boy resembling Elijah leaving his family’s apartment building about 4:05 a.m., Thursday, the report notes.
“No, no, no,” Elijah’s grandmother said through tears on Thursday afternoon, the Huffington Post writes. Longtime family friend, Milli Dyer, told the Canadian Press that the Elijah was “very energetic and runs around all over the place.”
A crowd-funding campaign was set up at Tilt to help Elijah’s family to cover funeral costs. As of Sunday morning, $165,423.44 in donations has poured in from over 4,000 contributors.
“Because of you, we’ve now raised over $150,000,” campaign organizer Justin Kozuch posted on the page Saturday. “I’m so humbled at the generosity of everyone who donated and supported this cause. Thank you.”