We’ve come a long way from my first page but what I have to say next is fodder for great debate; but I’m sure my theory here, holds its own weight.
So far, we know that Asha packed three outfits, three family photos and a pair of black shoes along with her lime green Tweety Bird purse that she may be carrying separate. But what she didn’t have is very telling: no coat, no hat, no protection from the cold, wet rain.
Asha’s mother, Iquilla is quoted as saying, “No, none of her hats, coats or mittens were missing.”
Since we know Asha is well-cared for with having appropriate, cold-weather clothing, it’s safe to say she’s not at all accustomed to ‘toughing it out’ among the outdoor elements. Nor do I think she’s accustomed to going out or playing at night–or in rain–for any lengthy walks. Further, with Asha’s fear of dogs, it’s very likely she would have headed inside upon hearing the first dog bark or with the first chill.
Asha’s mother was known to keep both kids inside when the weather was, what she considered, ‘too cold’ regardless of it being sunny.
UPDATE 6/17/2015: I’ve studied hypothermia, it’s effect on a child Asha’s size, the weather conditions and the length of her walk as reported by authorities, and I must respectfully disagree with what’s perceived.
Asha had several ‘strikes’ against her that prevent a child her size walking that stretch of road in so little time:
- Less-hydrated–to stay warm, the body needs ample water. Since Asha is reported by her brother as using the bathroom at 2:30 a.m., it’s highly likely that she didn’t have adequate water stores in her body, nor did Asha have large amounts of fat stores being an athletic child.
- Wet/cold hypothermia would have set in quickly, as she did not have any insulating clothing, had a constant deluge of cold water with the rain and cold temperatures with no relief, no dry clothing. Her body was drenched and stayed that way. Her core temperatures would have fallen, and she would have been shivering uncontrollably.
- The body loses much of its heat through the head. With cold rain, near freezing temperatures and no head wrap, her hair was drenched and stayed that way.
- Adrenaline causes the body to lose heat, thereby adding to Asha’s exposure risks. Here’s an excerpt from uofmhealth.org/health-library/colde about increase risk of hypothermia:
- “. . . are under a lot of stress or feel tired. Chronic stress or anxiety can cause your nervous system to release adrenaline, which acts to narrow the blood vessels that supply blood to the hands and feet.”
Page Poser: Why do you think Asha had no hat nor coat? Have any of your ideas changed?