We have new information about the 6-year-old Bemidji girl who died Thursday morning after being exposed to subzero temperatures. Initial autopsy reports show that the victim died from hypothermia.
On Friday at the front doorway of Washington Avenue Apartments, a memorial has been set up for the 6-year-old girl who died from being outside in frigid temperatures yesterday morning. A provisional medical examiners report showed the victim died from hypothermia due to exposure to hypothermic conditions.
Police say temperatures at that time were 27 degrees below zero with a wind chill of 40 degrees below, they say the victim was dressed for short-term weather exposure. The victim’s name is still being withheld. Bemidji Police Chief Mike Mastin tells Lakeland News they do not plan on releasing the name until the final autopsy report is released in about a week.
But what we do know about the girl is that she lived with her mother and two younger siblings at the apartment complex. The victim was enrolled in first grade at Horace May Elementary School a few days ago after transferring from J.W. Smith Elementary School. Some of the neighbors we spoke to are devastated this tragedy could happen in their neighborhood where there are many children who play and go to school together.
It is still unknown how or why the girl was outside the building. School authorities say the victim was too early to be outside that morning waiting for the school bus. The apartment complex does have a security door that could only be entered with a key or by buzzing in. But it is unclear if the door was locked at the time. Police say no arrests have been made but are looking into all possibilities. The property manager was on site today, but declined to make any comment.