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Bemidji infant injured at daycare center dies; two people charged

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Ayven Jayce Shepard, the Bemidji infant who was allegedly critically injured in December while at day care, died Thursday.

Ayven suffered high-force head trauma Dec. 18 when was 7 months old.

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His aunt, Kayla Nickerson, spokeswoman for the family, confirmed to the Pioneer Thursday afternoon that Ayven had died.

A funeral is being planned.

His CaringBridge Web site Wednesday afternoon reported that his heart rate increased and his oxygen level dropped.

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