http://www.startribune.com/brooklyn-park-couple-charged-with-murder-in-death-of-3-year-old-foster-child/488749661/A Brooklyn Park couple have been arrested and charged with murder in connection with the November 2017 death of a gravely malnourished foster child.
Sherrie Dirk, 33, and Bryce Dirk, 31, were indicted late Thursday afternoon by a grand jury on charges of first- and second-degree murder that also include allegations of child abuse, endangerment, neglect and “malicious punishment.”
According to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, the couple’s 3-year-old foster daughter’s weight had plummeted from the 98th percentile to the 13th percentile just weeks before her death. The county attorney’s office said Brooklyn Park police found the girl unresponsive and wrapped in sheets after being called to the home when her father noticed she was not breathing.
The girl had one sheet around her neck and was “severely dehydrated,” according to a news release. Bryce Dirk called 911 about 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 6 and the county attorney’s office said no one had checked on the girl after Sherrie Dirk wrapped her in the sheets and left the child in her room with the door closed hours earlier.
The Dirks, through what appears to be a family member, set up a GoFundMe page asking for $3,000 to help with funeral expenses. More than $5,000 was donated. “Any left over funds will be used for the kids,” one of the updates said.
Photos of the girl smiling with the Dirks were posted on the website, but there was no mention about how or when she died.
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