http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5967041/Woman-charged-murder-sons-dehydration-death-pregnant-again.htmlA 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'.