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Kimberly Emelyantsev

A Tooele woman has been charged in 3rd District Court with killing her 14-month-old adopted child and, both she and her husband also face criminal charges in the alleged starvation of another adopted 4-year-old.

Kimberly Emelyantsev, 33, faces one count of first-degree felony murder in the case of the baby, who was adopted in February and died March 7 in Primary Children's Medical Center. The parents at first said they thought the child might have fallen off a chair.

An autopsy showed the youngster died of a skull fracture caused by blunt force trauma to the head. There also were bruises on both cheeks, the head, ear, left leg and anal area, along with a tear on the child's lip. The medical examiner called the death a homicide.

The couple's three biological children were taken from the home and placed with relatives. Another recently adopted child, who is 4, had been hospitalized earlier for dehydration and malnourishment and a feeding tube had been inserted to help provide nutrients and fluids, according to court records.

However, when Tooele police arrived March 6 in response to a call about the 14-month-old having difficulty breathing, the condition

of the 4-year-old had deteriorated to "extreme dehydration and malnourishment."

A doctor said there was no reason why the child's health should have declined to that state after the feeding tube had been placed "if the parents had been properly feeding and caring for the child," court documents say.

Kimberly Emelyantsev also has been charged in the case of the 4-year-old with second-degree felony child abuse/neglect.

Her husband, Fyodor Emelyantsev, 31, has been charged with one count of third-degree felony child abuse/neglect.


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