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A Riverside woman convicted in May in the death of her toddler daughter was sentenced Friday to 50 years in prison.
Ambrashia “Amber” Chrzan was given the maximum sentence for her conviction of child endangerment resulting in the death of her 17-month-old daughter, Avery McCoy.
Judge Myron Gookin handed down the sentence, saying the evidence supported the state’s claim that Chrzan did not provide her daughter with necessary food and care.
Gookin also denied the defense’s request for a new trial.
The defense claimed that the jury’s May verdict was “contrary to the law and evidence presented at trial.”
The child was discovered unresponsive on Nov. 9, 2016.
During the trial, Assistant Attorney General Douglas Hammerand detailed the downward slide of the health of Chrzan’s daughter upon being released from foster care in early 2016.
He pointed out that Avery weighed 15 pounds in January 2016.
At a July 5, 2016, doctor’s appointment, it was noted that Avery was failing to thrive and had dropped from the 10th percentile in growth to below 1 percent.
“‘The window to fix this will not be long,’” Hammerand quoted from the doctor’s notes following the check up.
Hammerand talked about how appointments were made with a specialist at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, but Chrzan missed the appointments.
He also pointed out how Avery’s weight had dropped from 15 to 11 pounds – “a quarter of her body weight” – during the last six weeks of her life.
Avery’s father, Anthony McCoy, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment in May and will be sentenced Friday.