UNIONTOWN (KDKA) — A pair of parents have been arrested after their 23-month-old girl’s death was ruled a homicide.
Andrea Dusha and Michael Wright were arrested at a custody hearing for their other two sons, following the death of their child on Feb. 24.
On that date, police were called to the Uniontown Hospital due to a report of a suspected child abuse incident. When officers interviewed Dusha, she said that the baby girl became unresponsive while being fed.
The criminal complaint reads, “Dusha stated that the child was drinking a mixture of water, gatorade and pedialyte from a sippie cup when the child’s eyes rolled back into her head, foam began to emit from the child’s nose and mouth, and the child quit breathing.”
An autopsy revealed the cause of death to be malnutrition and dehydration. 23-month-old Lydia Wright was determined to weigh just ten pounds. A normal weight at that age is 26.5 pounds.
As part of the investigation, police visited the home on Collins Avenue where the child had been saying. They found various bottles filled with urine, the toilet filled with feces and a grocery bag on the floor filled with used tampons. Various bottles of pills and a hypodermic needle were also found.
The criminal complaint states, “the residence was in deplorable conditions and unsuitable for children to be living in.”
Dusha and Wright are charged with homicide.
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