6-year-old girl freezes to death in Bemidji, Minn. - KMSP-TV

6-year-old girl freezes to death in Bemidji, Minn.

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BEMIDJI, Minn. (KMSP) -

A 6-year-old girl found dead at a Bemidji, Minn. apartment building Thursday morning had signs of cold weather exposure, police said. Friday afternoon, the Ramsey County medical examiner's office confirmed the girl died of exposure to hypothermic conditions.

Officers pronounced the girl dead at the scene when they arrived at the Washington Ave. Apartments on the 900 block of Carter Circle SE. Bemidji police said the girl was found inside the building's front entrance, but had signs of being exposed to the severe cold.

Early morning temperatures in the Bemidji area were -27 with a wind chill of -40.

As part of their investigation, the Bemidji Police Department is developing a timeline to figure out when the child was last seen and how long she was out in the cold.

Beltrami County emergency dispatchers received two phone calls at 6:23 a.m. -- one from the girl's mother, and the other from a neighbor.

Bemidji schools superintendent Jim Hess said the young girl was a first grader at Horace May Elementary but wouldn't speculate why she may have been out so early.

"This would have been way, way too early for the bus," Hess. "The bus wouldn't' arrive there until much later in the morning."

The family also has two younger children enrolled at Horace May. Grief counselors and social workers will continue to be available.

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