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Brooklyn Park couple sentenced to prison for death of foster child

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

Updated: December 04, 2019 03:50 PM

A Brooklyn Park couple has been sentenced for their roles in the death of a foster child in their care.

Sherrie Dirk, 33, was sentenced Tuesday to 32 years in prison, according to court documents. She had pleaded guilty to second-degree murder after receiving a plea agreement in October. She was given credit for 503 days already served.

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Bryce Dirk, 31, was sentenced to more than 12 years (150 months) in prison. He had pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in March as part of a plea agreement. He was given credit for 502 days already served.

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 3-year-old 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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