Iowa parents charged in death of malnourished toddler

October 19, 2017

RIVERSIDE, Iowa (AP) — Iowa officials say two southeastern Iowa parents have been arrested and charged in the death last year of their severely malnourished toddler.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety says in a news release that 29-year-old Ambrashia Chrzan and 36-year-old Anthony McCoy, both of Riverside, were arrested Thursday. They are charged in Washington County with child endangerment resulting in the November death of 17-month-old Avery McCoy.

The child was found unresponsive in her crib on Nov. 9. She weighed just 11 pounds at the time of her death, and an autopsy found that malnutrition and neglect significantly contributed to the girl’s death.

Chrzan and McCoy remained Thursday in the Washington County Jail and could not be reached for comment. If convicted, they each face up to 50 years in prison.

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