The cousin of the 6 year old child who froze to death outside her apartment building in Bemidji was arrested in her death on Friday. Twenty-two year old Rachael Stacey Downer appeared in court to face a second degree manslaughter charge in the death of six year old Mercedes Mayfield. Mercedes was found outside her apartment building on February 27th, when temperatures fell to 19 below zero with wind chills near 32 below. Mercedes was found the next morning by her mother. Authories attempted to revive her but were unsuccessful. Downer’s next court appearance is set for March 24th. Second degree manslaughter carries a possible penalty of 10 years in prison, and , or a $20,000 fine.
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