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Cold weather is the likely cause of death for a six year old girl. Her body found just inside the doorway of the town home that she lived in, in Bemidji, Minnesota.

Autopsy results are expected tomorrow, that should confirm what authorities have been telling us surrounding the likely death of the little girl.

Her name will be released after all of her family have been notified, we were told today that she was a 1st grader at Horace may elementary in Bemidji. Police were called to the Carter Place town homes on the southeast side of Bemidji around six thirty this morning.

Investigators believe the girl's body was moved inside the front door, adding that she was pronounced dead at the scene and showed signs of weather related exposure. How that happened remains a mystery tonight.

Officers found the 6-year-old girl in a heated entrance way. But officers suspect she died from being out in the cold. It's unknown how long she was outside, but we did some checking and we determined that from 7 pm to 7 am, that area had wind chills as low as forty degrees below zero.

When police found her, she was wearing some winter clothing, but not enough to be outside in that weather for any length of time. We spoke with one neighbor who told us that the door to the entrance way where she was found is usually locked.

Cris Howard lives close, she says, "It's locked because you have to push a button to get in." Reporter asks, "Okay, is it always locked?" Howard responds, "Yeah, I think it's always locked." Reporter asks, "So if the child got out you wouldn't be able to get back in unless you pushed the button and ringed the intercom to get back into the apartment?" "Yeah," Howard responds.

 

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Bemidji Police are investigating the tragic death of a 6-year old girl, who apparently froze to death Thursday morning.  The name of the victim has not been released yet but authorities say she was a 1st grader at Horace May Elementary in Bemidji, Minnesota.

Police were called to the Carter Place Town homes on the southeast side of Bemidji at 6:23 a.m. They found a deceased, 6-year old girl, who had signs of being exposed to a temperature of 25-degreess below zero this morning.

Capt. James Marcotte, Bemidji Police: "Six-year old female had signs of weather related exposure and the female was pronounced dead at the scene."

Marcotte says it wasn't clear if the child was still lying outside when officers arrived on the scene or if she had been moved inside the apartment building.

Police say the 6-year old victim lived here with her mother. However, police say it's not clear yet, how that 6-year old girl wound up on the front steps out here in 25-degree below weather at 6 o'clock in the morning.

Capt. James Marcotte: "Investigating the circumstances surrounding the child's exposure to the weather and pending an autopsy… at this time we're not going to know any of those details."

 Reporter: "And the mother, nor anyone else is under arrest?

Capt. James Marcotte: "At this time nobody is under arrest."

 For now, a lot of questions remain as to how a 6-year old girl was allowed to freeze to death.

The Bemidji Public School District has counselors on hand for children to talk to. The police are asking for the public to call them with any information related to this case.  The Bemidji Police Department Phone number is 218-333-9111.

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Police in Bemidji, Minnesota, are investigating the death of a six-year-old girl whose body was found outside in sub-zero temperatures Thursday morning. They say she apparently died of exposure.

It was 25 below zero when police were called to an apartment complex at 924 Carter Circle Southeast in Bemidji around 6:30 a.m. Thursday.

Police are not clear as to how the youngster got outside of the building where she lived with her mother. No one has been arrested, but police say the case is under investigation. An autopsy is pending.

Valley News Team's Neil Carlson is in Bemidji today and will provide more details on the investigation as they become available.

 

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