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Six-year-old girl freezes to death on front steps in Minnesota

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  • The young girl was found dead Thursday morning by her mother in the entrance to her apartment building
  • Temperatures in the area reached minus-27 overnight

By Ryan Gorman

PUBLISHED: 23:46 GMT, 27 February 2014 | UPDATED: 11:11 GMT, 28 February 2014

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A six-year-old girl was found dead Thursday morning in far northern Minnesota after spending hours in temperatures that fell to nearly 30 degrees-below-zero.

The unidentified girl was found frozen to death at 6.23am at her home in Bemidji, Minnesota, about 115 miles east of Grand Forks, North Dakota.

She was found inside her apartment building’s front entrance by both her mother and a neighbor who both immediately called 911, said authorities.

Frozen: Temperatures reached minus-27 in Bemidji, where a six-year-old girl froze to death outside on her front steps, police said

Frozen: Temperatures reached minus-27 in Bemidji, where a six-year-old girl froze to death outside on her front steps, police said

‘The child had signs of being exposed to the frigid elements and was pronounced deceased at the scene,’ a police press release said.

Investigators do not believe there was any foul play, but they are trying to develop a timeline from when the child was last seen until when she was discovered, cops said.

Authorities are ‘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,’ Bemedji Police Captain James Marcotte said at a Thursday afternoon press conference, according to KLVY.

Temperatures in the area reached 27-below-zero, with wind chills dropping to minus-40 degrees, according to local weather observations provided by police.

Bemidji is also only about 115 miles south of International Falls, Minnesota, a Canadian border town known as the ‘icebox of the nation’ because it often has the coldest temperatures in the lower 48 states.

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