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Anchorage woman charged in toddler’s malnutrition death is in custody, police say

An Anchorage woman charged with criminally negligent homicide in the death of her 2-year-old daughter has been arrested, police said Tuesday.

Stephanie Hamburg. (Photo provided by APD)

Stephanie Hamburg was taken into custody late Nov. 15 after police received a tip that she was at a mobile home park on the 9500 block of Brayton Drive in South Anchorage.

Hamburg, 36, and boyfriend Timothy Hulsey, 41, have been charged with manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide in the death of Hamburg's daughter, Gabriella Marlow. The toddler was found unconscious and not breathing May 10 by officers called to a South Anchorage home, police said in October.

The girl died at an Anchorage hospital. Police say an autopsy showed the cause of death was severe malnutrition. The child's main food source was whole milk and sometimes Dr Pepper soft drinks, according to police, and she had not been taken to a doctor in more than a year.

A warrant was issued for Hamburg's arrest in October after a months-long investigation. The Anchorage Police Department asked the public for help finding her.

Police spokeswoman Renee Oistad said Tuesday that the delay in notifying the public of Hamburg's arrest was unintentional. It happened the same day as an officer-involved shooting, Oistad said, and police were focused on that.

Hulsey was arrested in late October. He pleaded not guilty to the charges, KTUU reported.

On Tuesday, Hamburg was in custody at the Hiland Correctional Center. Hulsey had posted bail and was no longer in custody, online records show.

The trial is scheduled for Jan. 8.

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