Bemidji Woman Pleads Guilty to Causing 6 Yr. Old’s Death

Bemidji Woman Pleads Guilty to Causing Cousin to Freeze to Death

A Bemidji woman has pleaded guilty to causing her six-year-old cousin’s death.

Twenty-three year old Rachel Downer entered the plea to a charge of second degree manslaughter.

Authorities say she was babysitting her cousin and decided to go home without telling the child’s mom in February of 2014.

Later the girl was found curled up on the front steps of the apartment building frozen to death.

Downer will be sentenced in September.

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