22-year-old cousin of victim arrested in 6-year-old’s hypothermia death
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.