N.S. boy found wandering street without coat, footwear suffers frostbite

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HALIFAX - A 14-year-old Nova Scotia boy was treated in hospital for frostbite Wednesday after he was found wandering the streets without a coat or footwear in sub-zero temperatures.
Halifax police say they were called by a resident who initially thought the boy, who was walking in the Cole Harbour area, was a prowler.
As he awaited the arrival of police just before 7 a.m., Colin MacGillivray realized it was a child, ill-prepared for the cold.
With the wind gusting from the northwest at 60 kilometres per hour, the wind chill had plunged to - 25 C.
MacGillivray quickly brought the child into his home until officers and paramedics arrived a few minutes later.
"He was in bad shape," MacGillivray told CTV. "His toes were frostbitten and his fingers were frostbitten ... He was beyond pain. He was almost in shock."
The boy was wearing a T-shirt, pyjama pants and a pair of torn socks.
MacGillivray's wife, Janean, said the boy's feet were white with cold and he could not move his hands.
"He was very lucky," she told CBC. "At some point, he would have laid down and God knows what would have happened."
Police spokeswoman Theresa Rath said the boy was supposed to be staying at a friend's place for a sleepover, and he apparently left the home around 11 p.m.
It's not clear why the teen was wandering in the neighbourhood, a few streets from his home, Rath said.
"Halifax Regional Police does not believe there is any criminal wrongdoing in this matter and no charges are anticipated at this time," the force said in a statement.
The boy was listed in fair condition in hospital by late Wednesday.

Organizations: CTV, CBC

Geographic location: HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, Cole Harbour

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