and then i found this....... Mercedes mother is an idiot for leaving her child with a dumbass like Rachel Downer:
Cases where family assessment did not stop the cycle of abuse
October 12, 2014 — 12:11pm
After reviewing over 400 Minnesota child abuse cases since 2005, the Star Tribune found dozens of cases where family assessment failed to stop the cycle of abuse and neglect. In addition to Key’Ontay Peterson, here are nine other cases
Children who died:
Mercedes Mayfield, age 6
Circumstances: The child froze to death on the steps of her Bemidji apartment complex on Feb. 27 this year. Her baby sitter, Rachel Downer, has been charged in the death.
How family assessment was used before the death: Downer was reported for neglect sometime between October 2013 and January 2014 after her 2-year-old son was found left alone with a 6-year-old and a 4-year-old. Beltrami County offered services to Downer, but she declined.
the woman is slow....... i don't think she "went crazy" when she found out Mercedes had died. She most likely had left the girl by herself at her or someone's else home before. that's why she dropped the girl off at her house.
Rachel Downer, 22, was charged in March after her cousin, Mercedes
Mayfield, was found dead from hypothermia on Feb. 27 outside the
apartment building where she lived. The girl was in Downer’s care the
night before she was found.
According to the criminal complaint, Downer was planning to take
Mayfield to her own home to babysit her, but changed her mind once they
got outside the building, the Associated Press reports.
Downer told police she thought Mayfield had gone back inside the
building before she drove away. But it turns out the girl couldn’t get
back in because the door was locked.
Mayfield’s mother found the girl on the front step the next morning.
Officials say she died of hypothermia due to the extreme cold.
Both prosecution and defense accepted the findings of a
psychologist’s report that Downer is incompetent to stand trial at this
time, according to the Associated Press, and the case against her has
It’s unclear exactly why Downer was deemed incompetent, and Faver,
the prosecutor, said that information is not usually made public, the
Associated Press said.
According to Minnesota law,
a defendant is incompetent to stand trial if he or she lacks the
ability to understand the proceedings or participate in the defense due
to mental illness or deficiency.
Officials will now seek to have Downer civilly committed for mental
health treatment. The first hearing on that issue is on Wednesday,
according to the Bemidji Pioneer.
I know this is SUPER OLD, but this story bothered me. Someone in the salon mentioned it today so I looked it up to get more facts because the original story was so vague. It turns out she was going to take the cousin to her house with her but decided not too, the little girl went back to her house, the cousin believed her cousin went back into the house, turns out the door was locked, and the girl froze to death and her mother found her in the morning.
Now, the defendant has been deemed unfit to stand trail by both the prosecution and defense...she went crazy apparently.
This is just sad all around. I mean, I know she should have made sure that she got in and why didn't the mom hear the doorbell or something? It's just terrible.
I'm confused and need more details. I mean, I realize the outcome however the story is so short and lacks explanations.
The little girl was outside in her coat, boots, hat, and mittens. From the pic above she seems to like the her cousin. They aren't even sure how the little girl got out nor do they say anything about negligence on the cousins part or the cousins statements leading to the arrest. They say Tiny Mercedes was found at the entrance of AN apartment building by her mother and a neighbor. That leads me to believe that there was a search, but they don't say anything about calls to the police. Did the little girl simply wander out? Was the cousin arrested because she was responsible for the safety of the little girl? Was she the sitter? Did the cousin think she left with the mother or something? Either way this is a tragic and heart breaking story Stories like these should not be released without more detail.
The child was dressed for the cold as if she intended to go out. The cousin may have been the sitter and didn't notice the child had left the house???
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