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Bemidji woman arrested in 6-year-old’s hypothermia death -- 22-year-old cousin of victim faces manslaughter, neglect charges

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BEMIDJI, Minn. -- A 22-year-old Bemidji woman was arrested Friday in the death last month of a 6-year-old girl from hypothermia outside a Bemidji apartment complex.


Rachel Downer faces charges of second-degree manslaughter and felony neglect in the death of Mercedes Mayfield, 6, according to a release issued by Bemidji Police Chief Mike Mastin. Downer is Mercedes' cousin.

Downer is expected to be charged Monday, Mastin said.

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