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Wellman man sentenced to nine years

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL | Aug 08, 2018

A Wellman man was sentenced to nine years in prision Friday in connection with the death of his 17-month-old daughter.

Anthony McCoy, 37, who pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter and two counts of child endangerment in connection with the death of his 17-month-old daughter, Avery McCoy, was sentenced to nine years in prison and to pay $150,000 restitution to the child’s family members.

Avery McCoy’s mother, Ambrashia Marie Chrzan, was previously sentenced to 50 years in prison in connection with the death.

Avery was discovered dead in her crib on Nov. 9, 2016. The Washington County Attorney’s office has 30 days to file papers identifying the next of kin who will receive the restitution.

“I love my kids and in the future I will know how to handle these things much better,” McCoy said while on the stand to argue for a suspended sentence that would not require he serve jail time. “I think my daughter was murdered by her mother.”

After the sentencing hearing, another hearing was held regarding probation that McCoy was on at the time of the incident. Judge Joel Yates ruled that this probation for a drug-related offense, with about two years left, be revoked and McCoy serve the remainder of the sentence consecutively.

Testifying on his own behalf during the hearing, McCoy said he was sad and depressed.

“I love my daughter and I miss my daughter,” he said, crying on the stand.

McCoy testified he could have paid more attention when Avery was alive and made sure she got to doctors’ appointments. He stated that after Avery had been found dead he had contacted Washington County Det. Chad Ellis, saying he believed his daughter was murdered by the mother. He cited marks on Avery’s face and the back of her neck as proof. Attorney Doug Tindal, who was defending McCoy, began discussing the findings of a forensic pathologist who reviewed the autopsy before the state objected, citing Tindal was assuming facts not in evidence.

During cross-examination it was revealed an autopsy had found no evidence of suffocation and that McCoy had later told Ellis he made up that story because he was mad at Chrzan. It also was revealed that McCoy had the day off work on two days when Avery had been scheduled to see a doctor but had not made the appointments.

During the sentencing hearing, several witnesses were called to show McCoy’s character. Maxine Gladney, McCoy’s mother, testified he is a family-oriented person who loves his children and that he has always had a job.

Andrew Miller, McCoy’s probation officer, testified he had little trouble with McCoy except for a few missed appointments and one time when he failed a drug screen.

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