Bemidji woman arrested in 6-year-old’s hypothermia death
BEMIDJI - 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.
Are you a newspaper subscriber but you don't have a Digital Access account yet? https://secure.forumcomm.com/?publisher_ID=40&event=subscriber/lookup.
You will need your subscription account number and phone number. Not sure if you have an account? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can help you.