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Woman charged in connection with hypothermia death of Bemidji girl

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BEMIDJI — Six-year-old Mercedes Mayfield froze to death on the front step of her home on a frigid Bemidji, Minn., night.

Her cousin, Rachel Stacey Downer, was supposed to be baby-sitting her that night. Now Downer, 22, stands accused of driving off without waiting to make sure the little girl made it back through the locked security door of her apartment building.

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