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Woman sentenced in infant’s death

Jul 30, 2018

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


A former Riverside woman who was convicted of child endangerment resulting in death in connection to the death of her 17-month-old daughter was sentenced Friday to the maximum sentence of 50 years in prison.

Ambrashia Marie Chrzan, 29, of Wellman, was sentenced for her role in the death of Avery McCoy, who was found dead in her crib on Nov. 9, 2016, in an apartment in Riverside she and Avery’s father Anthony Lamont McCoy, 36 were renting at the time of the death. She was also ordered to pay a share of $150,000 in restitution to be determined later.

During the hearing, Chrzan expressed regret for Avery’s death and the loss of her other children. The couple reportedly have 11 children, and one other child who died at an earlier date.

Chrzan was convicted of child endangerment on May 18 after a jury found she had not given Avery enough food or health care, which significantly contributed to the death. The two were arrested in October 2017 after an investigation into the death. She will serve her sentence at the Iowa Correctional Facility for Women in Mitchellville.

McCoy pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and two counts of child endangerment that resulted in the death and will be sentenced Friday.

In an earlier interview, Washington County Attorney John 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.

Avery McCoy was born May 31, 2015, in Mercy Hospital in Iowa City, the daughter of Anthony McCoy and Ambrashia Chrzan.

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 into the death.

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