Couple pleads guilty in dehydration death of son

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WYOMING, Mich. (AP) – The parents of an 18-month-old boy who died of dehydration have pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in western Michigan.

            WOOD-TV reports that the deal reached Monday will make Andrea Todd eligible for parole after 16 years. Alexander Birkenmeyer's minimum sentence is 20 years.

Yurik Birkenmeyer weighed just 22 pounds when he was found dead at home in Wyoming, a Grand Rapids suburb, in March 2018. The boy had been in foster care for 10 months after a child-welfare investigator was concerned about his care. But Yurik was returned to his parents in fall 2017.

Court records show the couple had another child who died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in 2015 after sleeping next to one of the parents.

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