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Rachel Downer

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Woman Charged With Manslaughter In Bemidji Girl’s Death

Rachel Downer was charged with second-degree manslaughter in connection with the Feb. 27 incident, where 6-year-old Mercedes Mayfield was left out in the bitter cold outside a Bemidji apartment and later found dead.

03/17/2014

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Attorney Weighs In On Arrest In Death Of Bemidji Girl

Charges are expected Monday against a 22-year-old woman in Bemidji, who was arrested in connection with the death of her 6-year-old cousin. Rachel Downer is facing charges of manslaughter and felony neglect of a child in the death of Mercedes Mayfield. Downer was watching her cousin last month when the little girl was found frozen to death at the entrance of her apartment. The temperature at the time was minus 27.

03/15/2014