Appearing on charges of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide, 41-year-old Timothy Hulsey had questions for the judge Thursday afternoon.

“First, I want to make sure this isn't a case of mistaken identity,” he questioned in court.

Anchorage Police say Hulsey and his girlfriend, 36-year-old Stephanie Hamburg, are responsible for the preventable death of Hamburg’s biological daughter, 2-year-old Gabriella Marlow. Marlow died at the hospital on May 10, after first responders were called to the South Anchorage trailer park where she lived because she wasn’t breathing. 

Police say an autopsy report has now revealed the child was malnourished, and in interviews with the couple, APD learned the child's main food source was milk and occasionally Dr. Pepper. Marlow reportedly hadn't been taken to a doctor since she was nine months old. The couple told detectives they thought Marlow was going through a stage of not eating and would grow out of it. 

“I have a lot of medical knowledge,” Hulsey tried to explain in court before the judge stopped him. 

Hulsey said he is a chiropractor at JBER and makes $100,000 annually, but only has about $300 in the bank, and cannot afford to pay for an attorney. The judge appointed a public defender. 

Hulsey also expressed concern for his two small dogs in court, telling the judge he would like to arrange for a coworker to get his key, so they don’t go without food and water.

At the time of Marlow’s death back in May, it appears Hamburg started a GoFundMe page to raise money for a funeral. Once news of the charges broke Wednesday, the page was taken down, and videos of a child eating were uploaded to Hamburg’s Facebook, then deleted minutes later. 

APD says Hamburg told them she was relying on Hulsey's medical knowledge, and also worried if she took Gabriella to a doctor, OCS would take the child away.

An online search of court records shows she spent less than a week in jail in Bakersfield, California in 2001 for a charge of “willful cruelty to a child.”

Another court document filed earlier this month in Anchorage, points to a strained relationship between Hamburg and Hulsey, with Hulsey requesting a restraining order. The petition he filled out claims Hamburg "hammered off his deadbolt,” He wrote. “She stabbed her x-boyfriend.”

The initial request was denied, due to lack of sufficient evidence, but a hearing was scheduled for November.

Police are still looking for Hamburg. A spokesperson for APD said Thursday they have no reason to believe she has left the state.

Marlow’s death boosts Anchorage’s number of homicides for 2017 to 31. This time last year, there had been 28. By the end of 2016, a record was set with a total of 34 homicides -- a number Anchorage is on track to beat this year.

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