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March 20, 2016 – Picture: Pennsylvania Couple Who Starved Baby Daughter To Death Arrested

A Pennsylvania couple who brought their unconscious 23-month-old daughter to the hospital in February claiming she was sick were charged with murder on Thursday after an autopsy revealed the toddler allegedly starved to death, PEOPLE confirms.

According to the criminal complaint obtained by PEOPLE, when parents Andrea Dusha and Michael Wright brought their daughter, Lydia Wright, to the hospital, they allegedly told doctors Lydia had been drinking “a mixture of water, Gatorade and pedialyte from a sippie cup” when her eyes “rolled into the back of her head, foam began to emit from [her] nose and mouth, and [she] quit breathing.”
Doctors attempted to revive Lydia but were unsuccessful.

An autopsy conducted the following day determined the cause of death was homicide as a result of malnutrition and dehydration, the complaint states. The medical examiner reported that Wright weighed 10 pounds; the average toddler weighs between 20 and 25 pounds, according to authorities.

During their investigation, police searched the home of Dusha and Wright and allegedly discovered “deplorable conditions.” Rooms were allegedly cluttered with objects, making it hard to walk through, and there was allegedly no running water or sewage system.

According to the complaint, the family allegedly urinated in empty soda and juice bottles and disposed garbage in plastic bags kept on the floor. Police allegedly discovered a high chair covered in excrement and a grocery bag filled with used tampons, the complaint states.

The condition of the home was allegedly “unsuitable for children to be living in,” the complaint states.
The couple’s two other young children are currently with child protective services, Fayette County

District Attorney Richard Bower tells PEOPLE.
Dusha and Wright have not yet entered a plea.

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  1. fifelomo

    March 20, 2016 at 8:12 PM

    Negligence on the parent’s parts.

  2. Maryf

    March 20, 2016 at 8:54 PM

    This is pure wickedness. Why na? God have mercy

  3. FUBU

    March 20, 2016 at 9:50 PM

    They both look like a devil… I trust i America they will pay for what they did what their nose.. Not like Nigeria where the sinner go unpunished

  4. my lady

    March 20, 2016 at 11:11 PM


  5. Olanrewaju

    March 21, 2016 at 5:45 AM

    Wicked people

  6. Amazon

    March 21, 2016 at 7:10 AM

    As long as they were arrested & detained. I think that’s good punishment

  7. Mae

    March 21, 2016 at 8:23 AM


  8. sola olaniyi

    March 21, 2016 at 8:37 AM

    some people are just heartless

  9. Metu Nyetu

    March 21, 2016 at 12:10 PM

    Did you guys read this with me? Couples urinating in soda bottles and juice containers inside their house, and having a high chair covered in excrement. This case pass me.

  10. jojo

    March 21, 2016 at 6:44 PM

    oyibo with their foolish acts .

  11. Precious

    March 22, 2016 at 12:12 AM

    Sentence them to death by hanging.

  12. chyna

    March 22, 2016 at 9:10 AM


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