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Harrisburg couple charged in death of son found in home

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 30, 2014 6:34 AM
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(Harrisburg) --  A Dauphin County man and woman have been charged with homicide in the death of their 9-year-old son, whose decomposing body was found in their Harrisburg home last summer.

Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico says Jarrod Tutko Jr. was in what he called "horrible condition'' at the time of his death in July.

An autopsy concluded that the child, who had a genetic disorder with autism-like symptoms, weighed less than 17 pounds and died of malnutrition and neglect.

Thirty-nine-year-old Kimberly Tutko was arrested Monday and charged with criminal homicide and child endangerment.

Thirty-eight-year-old Jarrod Tutko Sr., charged earlier with child endangerment and abuse of a corpse, is now also charged with homicide.

Authorities allege that they failed to provide "even the most basic needs'' of the child.

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