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Riverside parents who found 17-month-old dead in her crib charged with child endangerment resulting in death

Malnutrition, neglect contributed to death of 11-pound girl in November


RIVERSIDE — The parents of a 17-month-old girl who was found unresponsive in her crib in November have been charged in her death.

Ambrashia M. Chrzan, 29, and Anthony Lamont McCoy, 36, were taken into custody and charged Thursday with child endangerment resulting in death, Washington County Attorney John Gish said.

Chrzan found the 11-pound child unresponsive in her crib at their home in Riverside on Nov, 6, according to a Thursday news release from the Iowa Department of Public Safety and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

She and McCoy were the sole caretakers of the child, who was identified as Avery McCoy in an obituary from Beatty & Peterseim Funeral Home, and they were responsible for her care and feeding, according to the release.

Avery’s death was ruled a homicide after a Nov. 10 autopsy. The cause of death was undetermined, but a pathologist found that malnutrition and neglect “significantly contributed to the death.”

Iowa Department of Human Services spokesman Matt Highland declined to answer questions about whether child-protection services had interacted with the family, citing confidentiality concerns, but said the department is monitoring the criminal charges.

Avery was born on May 31, 2015, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City and had 11 living siblings when she died, according to her obituary. A brother preceded her in death.


Chrzan and McCoy are in custody at the Washington County Jail. Child endangerment resulting in death is a felony and, if convicted, both could face up to 50 years in prison.

Several family members of Chrzan and McCoy declined to comment or could not be reached by The Gazette on Thursday.

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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