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Man pleads not guilty in daughter’s death

Nov 17, 2017

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


A Wellman man charged in connection with the death of his infant daughter has pleaded not guilty to a charge of child endangerment resulting in death.

According to court records, Anthony McCoy, 36, of Wellman has also requested a reduction of his $200,000 bond in the incident.

He and Ambrashia Marie Chrzan, 29, of Wellman were arrested for child endangerment - death after their 17-month old daughter Avery McCoy was found dead in her crib on Nov. 9, 2016. They remain in the Washington County Jail under $200,000 bond. If convicted, they could face up to 50 years in prison.

Washington County Attorney John Gish could not be reached this morning for comment. In an earlier interview, Gish confirmed that McCoy’s death occurred at a house her family was renting in Riverside. He had reported the medical examiner had ruled the death a homicide and declined further comment.

Medical Examiner Paul Towner had later confirmed the findings of the autopsy were that Avery McCoy was malnourished at the time of her death and she weighed 11 pounds. The exact cause of death was undetermined.

McCoy was born May 31, 2015 in Mercy Hospital in Iowa City, the daughter of Anthony McCoy and Ambrashia Chrzan. The couple reportedly has 11 children, and one other child who died at an earlier date

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Washington County Attorney’s Office, Iowa Attorney General’s Office and Iowa Medical Examiner’s Office jointly conducted the investigation.

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