Lansing girl, 3, in stable condition after getting stuck outside apartment in bitter cold

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LANSING, Michigan — A 3-year-old Lansing girl was hospitalized in critical condition after getting stuck overnight outside her family's apartment during frigid weather that marked the end of one of the coldest Februaries on record in Michigan, authorities say.

According to police, the girl was being treated for severe hypothermia. A relative found the girl on a sidewalk in front of the apartment complex about 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Lansing police Sgt. Joe Brown told the Lansing State Journal (http://on.lsj.com/1M0N4PH ). The temperature was 5 degrees at the time.

Police said Sunday that a hospital upgraded the girl's condition to stable but had no other information on how she was doing.

Brown said investigators think the girl got out of bed, opened the outer door of the family's apartment and went outside. He said she apparently was unable to get back in through the locked door. Police don't know how long she may have been outside, Brown said. Her name wasn't immediately released.

Michigan experienced some of the coldest average temperatures on record for February last month, the National Weather Service said Sunday.

Flint's average temperature last month was 11.3 degrees, the lowest average for February since record-keeping started in 1929. It was the second-coldest monthly average in Flint behind January 1977's 10.9 degrees.

Saginaw's average of 11.5 degrees was the coldest February on record for the city and the third coldest month overall in the city dating back to the beginning of record-keeping there in 1912, the weather service said. Grand Rapids also set a record low for the average temperature in February at 13.3 degrees. The previous low was 14.3 degrees in 1978.

Detroit's 14.1-degree average for February was the second-coldest for any February and fifth-coldest for any month on record from 1874 on.

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