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Second warrant issued for mother accused in hot-car case

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BEMIDJI – A warrant has been issued for the second time in less than a month for a woman accused of child endangerment.

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Beltrami County District Judge Paul Benshoof issued a warrant Monday for 21-year-old Bianca Jean Hazelrigg, formerly of Bagley, who faces a gross misdemeanor charge for endangerment of a child by putting them in a position that could cause them harm or death.

Court papers state Hazelrigg left four children unattended June 9 inside her car in 88-degree temperatures for 29 minutes as she shopped inside the Bemidji Target for swimsuits.

A hearing had been scheduled for Monday, but Hazelrigg failed to appear, according to online court records. Benshoof then signed a warrant for failing to appear.

Last month, online court records show a warrant was issued after she failed to appear for an Aug. 20 hearing, but the warrant was recalled four days later. A continuance for Hazelrigg’s hearing was set for Monday.

A Facebook post by Hazelrigg stated she was in St. Cloud, where she lives, on Sunday, and invited friends to call her.

A call to her phone went straight to voice mail Monday evening.

In June, Hazelrigg posted bail with the conditions that that she not leave Minnesota without written court approval, keep the court and her attorney informed of her current address, remain law-abiding and make all future court appearances.

In her last court appearance July 9, Hazelrigg was allowed to move back into the home she shared with her boyfriend, who was caring for the four children. The two youngest, 2-year-old twins, are biologically Hazelrigg’s children. 

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Pioneer staff reports
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