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St. Joseph woman charged in child’s death

  • Published Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at 11:41 p.m.

— A St. Joseph woman has been charged in the death last month of her bedridden 4-year-old daughter, who had cerebral palsy.

Alexandra Laureen Schurr, 21, was arrested Wednesday and charged with involuntary manslaughter. She was being held in the Buchanan County jail on $50,000 bond.

Schurr’s daughter, Amber Elizabeth Mosier, was found dead by police about 5:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at her St. Joseph home.

Court documents show that, between Oct. 9 and Oct. 10, Schurr did not check on her daughter, who used a feeding tube, for 20 hours. Investigators also allege the mother failed to administer the girl’s medicines for several days before she died.

“She had heard the child vomiting and failed to go back and check on the little girl and, with the child’s condition, she was unable to care for herself,” said St. Joseph police Capt. Matt Rock.

An autopsy showed that the girl died of an airway obstruction.

| The Associated Press and KCTV5

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