Man pleads guilty in death of 3-year-old foster child

Bryce Dirk Photo: Hennepin County
Bryce Dirk

March 08, 2019 08:00 PM

A man charged in connection to the death of a three-year-old foster child pleaded guilty Friday.

According to court records, 31-year-old Bryce Dirk pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree murder. He originally pleaded not guilty in September 2018. 


Sherrie Dirk was also charged in connection to the incident. According to court records, she faces one count of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree murder. She pleaded not guilty and is expected to go to trial in July. 

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The Hennepin County Attorney's office reports Brooklyn Park police were called to the Dirks' home on Nov. 6, 2017 on the 3000 block of 82nd Avenue North because a child was not breathing.

According to the county attorney's office, "Sherrie had wrapped the girl with three sheets and left her in a room with the door closed."

Bryce Dirk checked on the child just before the 911 call and found one of the sheets around the child's neck, court documents state.

The child was also found to have become severely dehydrated since arriving in the family home in September 2016, and court documents note the girl went from the 98th percentile in weight to the 13th percentile in the weeks leading up to her death. 

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