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A 38-year-old man was charged Wednesday in connection with the drowning of a 2-year-old girl who was found in the bloodied basement of the family's Bemidji home with injuries on her body, according to court documents.Nathan Daniel Jackson Sr. told police...

Charges: Admitted drug user left 2-year-old foster girl to drown

A 38-year-old man was charged Wednesday in connection with the drowning of a 2-year-old girl who was found in the bloodied basement of the family's Bemidji home with injuries on her body, according to court documents.Nathan Daniel Jackson Sr. told police...

Charges: Admitted drug user left 2-year-old foster girl to drown

A 38-year-old man was charged Wednesday in connection with the drowning of a 2-year-old girl who was found in the bloodied basement of the family's Bemidji home with injuries on her body, according to court documents.

Nathan Daniel Jackson Sr. told police that Kira Friedman, one of two foster children living in the tribal-licensed home, needed a shower about 7:30 a.m. Sunday after she soiled herself. He then left her unattended in a shower, which had an 18-gallon plastic bin in it.

When he returned, the girl was in the bin, which was filled with water, the second-degree manslaughter charges cite him as saying.

Jackson told police that the girl "did not seem normal" but was awake and breathing when he found her, the charging document continued. He dressed her and laid her in her bed, according to the criminal complaint.

Police were called to the home in the 700 block of Lake Avenue SE. about 11:30 a.m. on a report that the girl was unresponsive. They found the child on her back in a toddler bed, the complaint said.

She was cold to the touch, according to search warrant affidavits filed in Beltrami County District Court by police. The documents noted bruises and superficial cuts on Kira's body as well as a reddish-pink fluid running from her nose. Nathan Jackson

The affidavits also mentioned blood detected on a wall near the shower and on the front of the washer and dryer.

On the same day that Jackson was charged, county officials petitioned the court to terminate the parental rights of Jackson and fiancée Amanda White, who lives with him and their five children ages 1 to 13.

The county said in its petition that it believes that the children are "in need of protection … and would be concerned for their safety if they were returned to the care" of Jackson and White at this time.

The petition notes five times, from April 2013 to June 2015, when county Health and Human Services officials addressed concerns with the family's care of the foster children. Three involved neglect with all ruled unsubstantiated. The other two involved mental health assessments for one of their children.

Jackson on Wednesday provided to police a urine sample, which will be tested for methamphetamine abuse, one of the affidavits read. A child protection investigator was told Jackson was using meth and other illicit drugs.

Jackson acknowledged to a detective that he had a drug problem, the court document continued, and some of the children in the home told authorities that he had been having trouble lately sleeping at night.

White told police that she put Kira to bed at 9:30 the previous night. She said one of her children woke her up the next day to tell her the girl was not breathing.

White told police they typically bathed the toddler in a bathtub. She said the toddler was "nonverbal" and had just learned to walk eight days before her birthday on April 21.

The home was not licensed as a foster care provider by the state Department of Humans Services (DHS), but instead through the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, which is based in Cass Lake, said DHS spokeswoman Karen Smigielski.

Part of the band's mission, it explains on its website, is to seek "extended family members or other Native Families to care for children who need to be placed out of the home."

Criminal background checks are part of the screening of families, the band's website said. Jackson's criminal history in Minnesota includes convictions for property damage, disorderly conduct, assault, drunken driving and two convictions for theft.

Band officials were not immediately available to comment Thursday about the history of White and Jackson as foster care providers.

Jackson remained in the Beltrami County jail Thursday in lieu of $100,000 bail.

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