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Sugar Cookie

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A Michigan mother who is facing murder charges after her 20-month-old son died of dehydration is expecting another child, relatives have revealed.

Andrea Todd, 26, and her husband Alexander Birkenmeyer, 30, were both arrested on Monday and charged with second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, and second-degree child abuse.

Their son Yurik died in March, three years after the couple's two-year-old daughter died due to SIDS and 'unsafe sleep conditions'. They never faced charges.

Now Todd's cousin has revealed that the couple are expecting their third child at the end of this year. Todd may have to give birth in prison.

Yurik spent most of 2017 in foster care after it was determined that he was at 'substantial risk of harm'. He was returned to his parents in October.

Less than five months later, Yurik was found dead in his crib.

Authorities said they discovered the child in a 'very hot room' at the family's home in Wyoming on March 16 after receiving a call that Yurik had stopped breathing.

A space heater had been placed next to his bed and there was no water, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by the Detroit Free Press.

Investigators determined that Birkenmeyer and Todd caused Yurik's death by the 'grossly negligent failure to perform legal duty; failure to provide water'.

Todd initially told police that she gave Yurik water and food when she heard him cry after coming home from work on the night before his death.

But Todd later admitted she had lied and told police 'she heard him cry and ignored it', Wyoming Detective Margaret McKinnon wrote in the affidavit.

Todd told investigators that, on the morning of Yurik's death, she canceled his doctor appointment and went back to sleep.

When Todd woke up, her son was dead. His death was listed as 'dehydration due to neglect by caregivers'.

Yurik's death came almost exactly three years after the couple lost their two-year-old daughter in March 2015 due to 'unsafe sleep conditions'.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5967041/Woman-charged-murder-sons-dehydration-death-pregnant-again.html
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Granmaw

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Why continue to get pregnant if you OBVIOUSLY do not want kids? I can never understand that. Are they just THAT lazy? RIP little man.
 

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cubby

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Dehydration takes a minute, babies don't die after a few hours of no fluids. She didn't give him anything for awhile plus the overheating.

So they most likely are responsible for the baby girl's death, are responsible for the baby boy's and she's pregnant again. Please yank this baby as soon as it draws it's first breath!
 

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cubby

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Yep it was the first thing that came to my mind. Poor little guy.
 

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crys_xoxo

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Ugh... judges should be allowed to make people get fixed so they can't have anymore babies. I don't doubt if the 3rd isn't taking away. It'll end up that way too!
 

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lithiumgirl

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Wow ... unsafe sleeping conditions ? Most moms put some time ... effort and imagination into their kids sleeping space, then there is these kind of people that don't ...fucking really ? Like I'm stunned .. but I'm not, but I am. Shit my kids are adults and I still make sure they have the lux linens ... that shit is important to me.
 
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Ripley

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Two year olds don’t usually die of SIDS. I think they suffocated her.
 

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Sugar Cookie

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I doubt that she will be allowed to retain custody (unless the charges are dropped) of this child and that surrendering her rights will be part of her plea deal.
 

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lithiumgirl

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Well this new baby is as good as dead ... While most normal people are going to be Nooooo ... don't give that baby to her ... some bleeding heart is going to support it.

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I would be concerned if the child was placed with relatives that might allow these parents access to the child in the future.
 

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Pandorama

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He had only been with her a few months. He had most likely been in a loving home and then taken away from every thing and person he knew, his entire world just ripped away and then neglected to death in a really horrific way. I can't imagine his utter confusion and terror.
 

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Sugar Cookie

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The parents of a 1-year-old boy who died of dehydration have pleaded guilty to charges of second-degree murder and child abuse.

Alexander Birkenmeyer and Andrea Todd were accused of neglecting their son Yurik until he died in March 2018.

Yurik weighed 22 pounds when he was found dead at the couple’s Wyoming home. He had been removed from their home by Child Protective services in January 2017 after other people shared concerns for the child, but he was returned to their care that fall.

Court records show the couple had another child die in March 2015 because of unsafe sleeping conditions. Their daughter died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome from sleeping next to one of her parents.
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