A 6-year-old girl has died after she was found outside of her home in extreme frigid temperatures Thursday morning in Bemidji. Bemidji Police held a press conference Thursday afternoon, releasing the latest details of the child’s tragic death.
Bemidji Police and emergency officials responded to a weather related medical alarm at Washington Avenue Apartments around 6:30 Thursday morning. When they arrived, they found a 6-year-old girl inside the front portion of the apartment complex with signs of being exposed to the frigid temperatures and pronounced her dead at the scene.
Police say the victim’s’ mother and a neighbor were the ones who dialed 911, but it is unknown where the girl was prior to their arrival. Temperatures at the time were 27 degrees below zero with a wind chill of 40 degrees below. According to Police, the victim was dressed for short-term weather exposure.
Police are withholding the victim’s name. But we do know the victim was recently enrolled in first grade at Horace May Elementary School after transferring from J.W. Smith Elementary School. The victim lived with her mother and two younger siblings at the apartment complex. A security lock only allows entry into the building either with a key or by buzzing in. It is unclear how or why the girl was outside.
Police have made no arrests at this time, but are investigating all avenues of this tragic death. The victim was taken to Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office in St. Paul. Further information is pending as investigators wait for the results from the autopsy. Once the results are in, officials will have a better idea of how long the victim has been outside in the cold.
2/27/2014/ 4:30 AM
Update from Press Conference:
A six-year old Bemidji girl is dead after apparently being exposed to bitterly cold temperatures this morning. The girl’s name has not been released and at this point there are still more questions than answers regarding her death.
Police were called to an apartment complex at Washington Avenue Apartments in South Bemidji around 6:30 Thursday morning. They found the girl inside the front entrance, but it’s not known if she had been moved to that spot. She was a first grade student at Horace May Elementary in Bemidji and prior to that was a student at J.W. Smith Elementary in Bemidji.
Bemidji Schools Superintendent Dr. Jim Hess says counselors are helping students deal with the tragedy. Here is the entire press conference from this afternoon.
2/27/2014 10:33 AM
Bemidji Police responded to a weather related medical alarm this morning around 6:30 at Washington Avenue Apartments in Bemidji.
When officials arrived at the scene, they found a 6-year-old girl, subject to exposure. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
At the time she was found, the temperature was at negative 27 degrees Fahrenheit, with a wind chill of negative 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Police are still investigating the cause of death.
A press conference is set for 3 p.m. today regarding the six-year-old girl who was found dead outside a Bemidji apartment complex.
Check back for video from the press conference this afternoon.