Parents accused of murdering 18-month-old

Kent County

WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — Two people face murder charges for allegedly killing their 18-month-old son in Wyoming earlier this year.

The Wyoming Department of Public Safety says that on March 16, its officers were called to a home in the 2600 block of Longstreet Avenue SW north of 28th Street on a report of a child not breathing. When emergency responders got there, they found the child was already dead.

The 18-month-old was identified Monday by the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office as Yurik Birkenmeyer.

Police say conducted a “lengthy investigation” that eventually led to charges. They arrested the suspects Monday.

The prosecutor’s office identified them as Yurik’s parents Alexander Birkenmeyer and Andrea Todd. Both face charges of second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and second-degree child abuse. Birkenmeyer is also being charged as a habitual offender.

The two are expected to be arraigned Tuesday.

Online Michigan State Police records show Todd has a single previous criminal case in the state: She pleaded guilty to misdemeanor retail fraud in 2015.

Birkenmeyer was found guilty of a misdemeanor domestic violence charge in March 2013.

Family members at the Wyoming home Monday did not want to comment.

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