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Woman charged in Bemidji 6-year-old's hypothermia death appears in court

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BEMIDJI - Rachel Downer, 22, of Bemidji, facing charges in her 6-year-old cousin’s death, made her first court appearance in Beltrami County Court on Monday.

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Downer has been charged with second-degree manslaughter after Mercedes Mayfield was discovered dead from hypothermia outside a south Bemidji apartment complex the morning of Feb. 27 after a night of sub-zero temperatures. Mercedes was in the care of Downer the night before at the apartment Mercedes shared with her mother and siblings.

Monday’s hearing was Downer’s initial appearance and Beltrami District Judge Shari Schluchter set an omnibus hearing in the case for April 14.

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