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September 15, 2015
COURTS: 10-years probation in fatal hypothermia case
BEMIDJI— A Bemidji woman who last month pleaded guilty to a second-degree manslaughter charge in the hypothermia death of her 6-year-old...
September 15, 2015 - 10:34am
August 6, 2015
Bemidji woman enters guilty plea in 6-year-old's hypothermia death
BEMIDJI—Almost a year and a half after a 6-year-old girl died of hypothermia outside a local apartment building, a Bemidji woman has entered...
August 6, 2015 - 7:23pm
July 20, 2015
Bemidji woman pleads not guilty in hypothermia death case
BEMIDJI—A Bemidji woman charged with manslaughter after her 6-year-old cousin died of hypothermia while in her care in 2014 pleaded not guilty Monday in Beltrami County District Court. Rachel Downer, 23, was arrested and charged with felony second-degree manslaughter after...
July 20, 2015 - 6:46pm
August 31, 2014
Benches to honor Mercedes Mayfield
(Left to right) Bemidji first-grade teachers Alvina Morrison, Lisa Bollinger and Kim Bolte, along with Gino Laituri, first grade, and Hunter...
August 31, 2014 - 12:51am
August 27, 2014
Civil commitment proceedings stalled in Downer case
BEMIDJI -- A second opinion will be sought before a Bemidji woman accused of manslaughter in the death of a 6-year-old child can be civilly committed by the court as mentally ill. Rachel Downer, 22, was charged with second-degree manslaughter after her 6-year-old cousin, Mercedes...
August 27, 2014 - 6:01pm
August 18, 2014
Woman charged in 6-year-old's death unfit to stand trial
BEMIDJI -- The woman charged with manslaughter in her 6-year-old cousin's death has been found incompetent to stand trial. Rachel Stacey Downer, 22, of Bemidji was charged with second-degree manslaughter in March after her cousin, Mercedes Mayfield, was discovered dead from hypothermia...
August 18, 2014 - 4:19pm
June 2, 2014
Bemidji woman facing manslaughter appears in court
BEMIDJI -- Rachel Downer, 22, of Bemidji, appeared in Beltrami County District Court Monday. Downer has been charged with second-degree manslaughter in relation to her 6-year-old cousin’s death. Downer was charged after Mercedes Mayfield was discovered dead from hypothermia outside...
June 2, 2014 - 8:35pm
March 28, 2014
Hats for Mercedes
BEMIDJI -- Seven-year-old Kaleisha Preston sat in her classroom proudly wearing a camouflage military-style hat, even though caps are typically...
March 28, 2014 - 4:53pm
March 24, 2014
A memorial for Mercedes; students to donate in remembrance of 6-year-old who died
BEMIDJI -- Elementary students in Bemidji will be breaking the rules and wearing hats in class Friday. March 28 has been declared "Hat Day" in memory of Mercedes Mayfield. Mayfield, 6, a student at both J.W.
March 24, 2014 - 8:08pm
Woman charged in hypothermia death appears in court
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- 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. Downer has been charged with second-degree manslaughter after Mercedes Mayfield was discovered dead from hypothermia...
March 24, 2014 - 3:16pm
March 17, 2014
UPDATE: Woman charged in child’s hypothermia death
BEMIDJI -- A Bemidji woman was arraigned Monday in the death of a 6-year-old girl last month at a south Bemidji apartment complex. Rachel Downer, 22, was arrested Friday and appeared in court Monday to face a second degree manslaughter charge in the hypothermia death...
March 17, 2014 - 11:26am