- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 26, 2016

UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A western Pennsylvania man and woman have been ordered to stand trial in the starvation death of their 23-month-old daughter, who authorities said weighed just 10 pounds when she died in February.

A Fayette County judge on Tuesday held 32-year-old Michael Wright Jr. and 26-year-old Andrea Dusha for trial on charges of homicide, child endangerment and reckless endangerment.

Authorities allege that Lydia Wright was left in a car seat for more than 13 hours at the family’s squalid Uniontown home. A forensic pathologist said she died of malnutrition and dehydration and ruled the death a homicide.

Wright’s attorney, Mary Spegar, said her client thought Dusha was caring for the child. Dusha’s attorney, David Shrager, said she did “everything that she supposed to do that the first sign of distress.”


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