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Treatment Investigation


Rice Lake police have released the name of the little girl who died after being found unconscious at a treatment center last week.

Investigators say seven-year-old Angelika Arndt may have been restrained by staff members for bad behavior.

Officers were called to the Northwest Counseling and Guidance Clinic where they found her unresponsive last Thursday. She died the next day at a Minnesota hospital.

Detectives and the Barron County District Attorney will meet with the Medical Examiner from Hennepin County, Minnesota next Thursday to discuss the possibility of criminal charges.

The Northwest Counseling and Guidance clinic released the following:

"We have learned a child we served has passed away. Our thoughts and sympathies are with caregivers and their loved ones. Northwest Counseling and Guidance Clinic continues to fully cooperate with regional and state agencies in assisting their efforts in reviewing this matter.

Although we cannot comment on this individual, we would like to speak in generalities about rehabilitation of young people experiencing mental health disorders.

Mental health disorders are difficult to diagnose and treat for adults, furthermore, work with children tends to increase the complex nature of mental health issues. The complexities of the children increase both the risk level of intervention as well as the intensity of overall rehabilitation process.

Our Day Treatment staff of licensed and trained professionals remain as committed as ever to working with children and adolescents and towards the rehabilitation of children experiencing mental health disorders."


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