Pa. couple held in starvation of 10-pound toddler

Fayette County caseworkers took two siblings into custody

St. Patrick's Day festivities get underway early in the Youngstown, Ohio area on Thursday.
Andrea Dusha. An image was not available for Michael Wright.

UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) – A Pennsylvania couple has been jailed in the starvation death of their 23-month-old daughter, who weighed just 10 pounds when she died last month.

Twenty-six-year-old Andrea Dusha and 32-year-old Michael Wright Jr. were charged Thursday with criminal homicide and endangerment charges in the death of Lydia Wright.

Police say the toddler began foaming at the mouth and stopped breathing after she was left in a car seat for over 13 hours at the family’s squalid Uniontown home. An autopsy determined she died of dehydration and malnutrition.

Online court records didn’t list attorneys for the couple, who face a preliminary hearing March 29. They were ordered jailed without bond.

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