Woman pleads not guilty to murder in 3-year-old foster child's death

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

January 31, 2019 08:57 PM

A woman entered a not guilty plea in relation to the death of a three-year-old foster child on Thursday. 

Sherrie Dirk, 33, will have a jury trial begin on July 8.

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Bryce Dirk, 31, pleaded not guilty in September, according to court documents. He is set to have an omnibus hearing on March 6.

Both 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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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 release, "Sherrie had wrapped the girl with three sheets and left her in a room with the door closed."

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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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