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Couple kills their 1-year-old daughter by denying her water

By Mason White 6:57 PM March 20, 2016
Andrea Dusha and Michael Wright Jr. 

By: Tanya Malhotra
(Scroll down for video) A couple was arrested on a charge of homicide after allegedly killing their daughter by denying her water, police in Pennsylvania said.

Uniontown police said that they have arrested 26-year-old Andrea Dusha and 32-year-old Michael Wright Jr., after their daughter, 1-year-old Lydia Wright, died at a hospital of dehydration.

They were both charged with criminal homicide and endangering the welfare of a child.

According to the police, officers were called to the Uniontown Hospital, after the child’s death was considered a case of child abuse.

The child weighed only 10 pounds, less than half the recommended for a child of her age.

The mother of the girl told investigators that after her daughter was in a car seat overnight, she gave her a mixture of water, Pedialyte and Gatorade.

Suddenly, her eyes rolled back. The girl was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Doctors determined that the girl died of dehydration and malnutrition.

The girl’s two siblings were handed over to the custody of the state. The couple’s house was found to be in a deplorable condition with feces and urine-filled bottles everywhere.

There was also a hypodermic needle at home. The home had no running water or sewer.