North Slope Borough Police Department officers responded to a 911 call requesting an ambulance at an apartment building on the 200 block of Momeganna Street for a child who was not breathing. Responders found a 3-year-old child who didn’t have a pulse and wasn’t breathing, as well as a 1-year-old in need of emergency medical attention.
The borough's police chief, Leon Boyea, could not elaborate on details of the case or how the children had been injured Friday.
The children were immediately taken to Samuel Simmonds Memorial Hospital in Barrow, then medevaced to the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage for further care. ANMC officials would not state the children’s condition Friday afternoon, citing privacy concerns.
Borough police arrested Richard Tilden Jr. at the apartment on two counts of second-degree domestic-violence assault. He is being held at the North Slope Borough Correctional Facility without bail pending arraignment.
Editor's note: References to the nature of the alleged assault and the Samuel Simmonds Memorial Hospital's location have been corrected.