UPDATE: Man Charged; Details Released on Two-Year-Old’s Death in Bemidji
UPDATE: Nathan Daniel Jackson, 38, was charged with two counts of second degree manslaughter in Beltrami County Courthouse earlier today. He may face up to 10 years in prison for each charge, and/or a $20,000 penalty each.
His next court date is set for June 20. Jackson’s bail is set at $100,000 with conditions, $200,000 without conditions.
More details on the death of a two-year-old girl at a Bemidji home on Lake Avenue, Sunday:
A preliminary autopsy report indicates the two-year-old girl died as a result of freshwater drowning, according to a criminal complaint released by the Beltrami County Attorney’s Office Wednesday.
In connection to the child’s death, Nathan Daniel Jackson, 38, was arrested Sunday and is in arraignment at the Beltrami County Courthouse today, Bemidji Police Chief Mike Mastin reports.
On June 5, at approximately 11:21 a.m., the Bemidji Police Department responded to a report of an unresponsive two-year-old child in Bemidji, according to the complaint.
Officer Buford spoke with Jackson, who said he had placed the two-year-old in the shower at around 7:30 a.m. Jackson said there was a laundry bin in the shower with the child. Jackson said when he came back to check on her after leaving the bathroom for a period of time, he found the girl in the bin, filled with water.
Jackson said the girl was still breathing when he pulled her out of the bin. He noticed that she didn’t “seem right” but that he didn’t know “she was that bad,” so Jackson reportedly dressed her and laid her down in her bed.
When Sergeant Market arrived on scene, the Bemidji Fire and Ambulance officials advised him that the child has deceased.
The two-year-old had just learned to walk 8 days before her second birthday in April.
Jackson remains held in Beltrami County Jail with potential charges of second degree murder and second degree manslaughter.
We will update the story as more information becomes available.