Doctors there couldn't save the older child, who died Saturday. Charging documents said the 1-year-old was in better shape than her sister; a relative said Wednesday she was awake and eating.
The bedroom window was opened to outside air of 30 degrees below zero. Anyone in that room with the door closed would have been stuck there because the latch was missing
, the affidavit said. Even Police Chief Leon Boyea couldn't get out of the bedroom by himself -- the door had to be opened from the other side, the affidavit said. Boyea said the bedroom lacked bedding and blankets.
Two police officers were the first to arrive. They saw Tilden on the stairs, holding the 3-year-old. Sgt. James Michels checked the naked toddler for a pulse, but could find none and started CPR, assisted by another sergeant, Travis Welch, who arrived a short time later, the affidavit said.
The 1-year-old was also naked and in the arms of Tilden.
Tilden's eyes were watery, he smelled of booze, and two bottles of whiskey were on the floor of the apartment. In a statement to officers, Tilden said he bought the booze from an alleged bootlegger and started drinking Wednesday night, going to bed around 2 a.m. At 7 p.m. Thursday, after spending the afternoon with police, his blood-alcohol level was .164
, twice the legal limit for driving.
Edwards-Gust, in a statement to officers, said she had known Tilden all her life. According to public records, Edwards-Gust was in the middle of a divorce, and Tilden's wife died last summer. She told police he moved to Barrow from Dillingham in November with his three sons, and took care of her daughters when she worked at school.
The five children are normally sleeping when she leaves for work, she told police. When she left the house Thursday morning, the girls were sleeping and wearing clothing, she told police.
Tilden told police he opened the window Wednesday to air out the room because the girls regularly wet their bed. He told officers he didn't close it, according to the affidavit.
Tilden said he woke up Thursday about 12:30 p.m., checked the girls, and noticed that the older child had defecated in bed and that both had urinated on themselves, the affidavit said.
"The defendant stated he stripped the clothing off the girls and carried them downstairs to change them," the police said. "He said once he got them downstairs, he noticed (the 3-year-old) was not breathing and he called 911."
The police affidavit said nothing about the condition of Tilden's three sons, or what happened to them.