Two charged with aggravated murder after infant dies from malnutrition

Jul 22, 2022, 10:27 AM

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LOGAN, Utah — Two parents are facing charges after police say their infant child died from malnutrition.

Officials with the Logan Police Department said Zachary Woirhaye, 38, and Jodi Lee Anderson, 34, have been charged with aggravated murder, a first-degree felony, while Anderson was also charged with obstruction of justice, a second-degree felony.

According to court documents, a family member visited the couple in the hotel room they were staying in on Dec. 31, 2021. That family member told police the 46-day-old infant was unresponsive, and he began CPR.

Emergency crews responded to the hotel and said the infant had no heartbeat and was not breathing when they arrived.

Police said the infant was taken to an area hospital and then transported to Primary Children’s Hospital.

According to court documents, an officer noticed “sunken voids” in the victim’s ribs and chest. Medical staff told the officer the infant looked unhealthy and malnourished, and the Utah Office of the Medical Examiner determined the victim’s cause of death was malnutrition.

The infant was removed from life support due to a lack of brain activity and died on Jan. 12.

Logan police began “a comprehensive investigation that involved multiple interviews, witness statements, medical reports and analysis from medical professionals.”

The investigation was reviewed by the Cache County Attorney’s Office, which resulted in formal charges being filed. Woirhaye and Anderson were booked into the Cache County Jail earlier this week.

This is a developing story. It will be updated.

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Two charged with aggravated murder after infant dies from malnutrition