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Trial begins for woman charged in infant’s death

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL | May 18, 2018

WASHINGTON, Iowa (GTNS) – The trial of a woman charged with starving her infant child to death began Wednesday in Washington County court.

Ambrashia Marie Chrzan, 29, of Wellman, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of child endangerment resulting in death. Attorneys made their opening arguments Wednesday and three witnesses were called. The trial continues today. If convicted, Chrzan could face up to 50 years in prison.

Both Chrzan and Anthony Lamont McCoy, 36, of Wellman face charges in the death of Avery McCoy, who was found dead in her crib on Nov. 9, 2016 in an apartment in Riverside the couple was renting at the time of the death. The two were arrested in October 2017 after an investigation into the death.

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 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 into the death.

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