Man Pleads Not Guilty to Murder in 3-Year-Old Foster Child's Death

Sherrie and Bryce Dirk Photo: Hennepin County
Sherrie and Bryce Dirk

September 20, 2018 04:41 PM

A Brooklyn Park man pleaded not guilty to two murder charges in the death of a 3-year-old foster child he and another woman were caring for.

Thirty-two-year-old Bryce Dirk and 33-year-old Sherrie Dirk were indicted in July for first-degree murder while committing child abuse and second-degree murder while committing underlying felonies of neglect, child endangerment and malicious punishment. 

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Bryce Dirk entered not guilty pleas to both charges Thursday, according to court documents.

RELATED: Grand Jury Indicts Brooklyn Park Couple for Murder after Death of 3-Year-Old Foster Child

The 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 Hennepin County Attorney's Office release, "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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