Woman freezes to death as neighbours ignore screams

“Clawing” marks found on nearby screen door


A 66-year-old Toronto woman with dementia froze to death within a block of her house Monday morning. Neighbours heard screams, and, according to police, one looked outside and noticed someone stumbling, but none tried to help or call 911. The woman, whose name has not been released, was wearing winter clothes but had removed her jacket and glasses. Her body was discovered by a woman delivering newspapers at about 5:30 a.m.   “It’s a circumstance where we should have been notified to attend. That’s what we do,” said Sergeant David Dubé. “Could it have saved a life? I don’t know. I would think so.” The woman, whose name has not been released, was last seen by her husband shortly before 2 a.m. He called police at 4:45 a.m. when he awoke and found she was missing.

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Woman freezes to death as neighbours ignore screams

  1. It is sickening to think that no one responded to this womans cries for help. Even worse, someone saw her struggling and did nothing to help. Do we really need to legislate common decency? Kind of makes you want to organize flash mob protests in the neighbourhood to waken these people from their slumber.

  2. very sad, sad story … hard to believe people would ignore screams for help. i hope they feel regret every day they live. poor woman, poor family, poor city.

  3. If you don't want to help someone, fine, that's your choice. But why not call 911? It just boggles my mind. I live in the downtown of a big city and one of my neighbours was having a seizure one day and SEVERAL neighbours pitched in to help, so it's not a 'city thing.'

  4. Unbelievable! For the people who heard and witnessed this event and did absolutely nothing … this could have been your mother, your grandmother or one day you! You should be ashamed of yourself and I think the police should consider pressing charges against you.

    My heart goes out to this family – how sad that your community has let you down in this manner.

  5. How very sad, So many people have this '' I don't want to get involved " mentality, !! But you know what ? The moment you hear that cry for help…'or see that person in distress…'''Your involved '''….Like it or not your involved…To the people that did not help, I ask you this…If you see this womans Husband (your neighbour) what are you going to say to him ? Sorry , but I '' might '' have assisted in your wifes death ???

  6. Our Lives begin to end, the day we become silent about things that matter.
    Martin Luther King Jr

  7. Seriously!!!!!! How can u hear someone calling for help and see them rolling around in the snow at 2am and not bother to call 911. Yes we r not legally bound to call 911 if we see someone in distress…. but come on…. how about morally, ethically, emotionally, just plane out being HUMAN!!!!! How can u live with yourself knowing if u called this woman would still be alive. This poor helpless woman died needlessly!!!!! I'm sorry, but this angered me alot. I see my mother and I say to myself…."this could have been her"

  8. TRUST ME I've lived in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Edmonton off and on for 26 years, I was born and raised in a small town up north so I know the differences of mentality from one place compared to the other and it IS a "City Thing" as on commentor denied in his or her posting. Torontonians are a cold heartless bunch, largely because a majority of them aren't from this country, don't care or are devoid of a feeling of obligation to their fellow "Canadians" (cause most of them aren't) are hysterically paranoid of one another and are in it for themselves. In short this multicultural "thing" we boast about stupidly and falsely is a bunch of BS.

    • I share the outrage and sadness expressed by many of the contributors here, but I must add my disgust with Mr. Menards post, as it reveals an overt racist agenda. ‘Most of them aren’t’ or not, when discussing hysterical paranoia and country of origin, I ask you this, sir, who is the paranoid one here? What has where you are from got to do with this article? Where are your facts to support your hateful comments? As a resident of a great city like ours (sadly, I do live in the same city as you, sir) I find your small minded, provincial attitude more likely the cause for the distinction of ‘self’ and ‘other’ that led to this tragedy in the first place. Take a good look at who you see in the mirror, and give your head a shake.

  9. people on the street should be charged with involuntary manslaughter.

  10. I think the neighbours would have acted differently if it was a white woman. Many didn't help just because they saw the victim as a stupid old crazy Asian lady. Racism is alive and well in Toronto and Canada.

    • Why do we always have to put the blame on racism, that's an easy cop out! We r talking about a human being, a life, a soul. Humanity is one race, one people. Anway u look at it, this all wrong!

  11. Isn't true that Toronto is a biggest "multicultural" city ion Canada?

  12. I replied to a post and it was erased, maybe it hit a nerve, but i'll repeat!

    Why do we always have to put the blame on rascism, that's just an easy cop out. We r talking about a human being, a life, a soul. Humanity is one race, one people. This is all just wrong!

  13. So sad. Can you imagine needing help in the freezing cold with no coat? Twenty plus years ago as taxi driver I came upon a man on the ground in the freezing cold, I helped him up and called an ambulance. Many years later I ran into the man and he was so grateful. He lost several of fingers from frost bite that night but he was happy to be alive and said if it wasn't for me he would have froze to death. I hope if I'm ever in the same position someone would help me.

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