Yesterday, October 19th, 29 year-old Ambrashia Marie Chrzan, along with 36-year-old Anthony Lamont McCoy, of Riverside, Iowa were taken into custody for the November 9, 2016, death of a minor.
After a joint investigation by the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s Division of Criminal Investigation, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the Office of the Iowa Attorney General, and the Iowa Medical Examiner’s Office, officials secured and executed arrest warrants for Child Endangerment Resulting in Death, a Class B felony.
On November 9, 2016, the seventeen month old , Avery McCoy, was discovered unresponsive in her crib by her mother. Chrzan and McCoy were identified as the biological parents and the sole caretakers responsible for the care and feeding Avery.
On November 10, 2016, an autopsy was done by a pathologist at the University of Iowa Hospital’s Decedent Care Unit. The infant’s death was ruled a homicide and the cause of death was undetermined, while malnutrition and neglect significantly contributed to the death. At the time of the autopsy, Avery’s body weight was eleven pounds.
Chrzan and McCoy are currently being housed in the Washington County Jail. If convicted, both face up to no more than fifty years of confinement.