Aurora theater shooting: Ashley Moser, mom of youngest victim, miscarries

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Ashley Moser.
The family of Ashley Moser has been visited by tragedy yet again. The young mom's daughter, Veronica Moser-Sullivan, age six, was the youngest person to die in the Aurora theater shooting.

Now, her loved ones have released a statement revealing that she suffered a miscarriage as a result of being shot in the massacre -- and adding that recovery for her will be long and difficult.

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Veronica Moser-Sullivan.
Here's the statement, released Saturday evening through the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office:

Ashley Moser is recovering from an additional surgery she had this morning. Tragically, the extreme trauma she sustained also caused a miscarriage. We want to send a special thank you to the courageous HEROES of law enforcement, other first responders, paramedics, and doctors and nurses who have all gone beyond the call-of-duty in caring for our daughter, granddaughter and all of the other victims of this tragic event.

Our sincere appreciation goes out to all of those who have been sending well-wishes, prayers and good thoughts to Ashley. Her lifetime of care will be a long road....

Funeral arrangements for Veronica are still pending.

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Representative Janak Joshi.
Will the miscarriage lead to an additional homicide count against suspected shooter James Holmes when he appears in court later today for what's expected to be a formal reading of charges against him? Almost certainly no.

In the most recent Colorado legislative session, Representative Janak Joshi, a Republican from Colorado Springs, introduced a so-called fetal homicide bill, which would have allowed prosecutors to levy homicide charges against someone who caused the death of an unborn child. As noted by the Longmont Times-Call, the measure passed the Republican-controlled House but fell short in the Senate judiciary committee.

Why? Representative Claire Levy told the Times-Call she opposed the legislation in part because it didn't establish a time at which a fetus would be considered a human being. In her words, "I just viewed it as a very sloppy bill that was intended to make a political statement" -- a presumed reference to abortion.

Expect Ashley Moser's terrible story to be used to revive this effort the next time the Colorado legislature meets. In the meantime, take note of one additional passage from the Moser family statement: "For those who wish to donate, please go to any Wells Fargo Bank and request the 'Donation Account for Ashley and Veronica Moser.' This is the only official donation account for the family."

More from our Colorado Crimes archive: "Aurora theater shooting: Rebecca Wingo's loved ones remember her online."


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splatila
splatila

this writer uses her and him and that person and this guy a lot you need to say the name dude otherwise no ones gonna know who the hell your talking about

Daisy Rothschild
Daisy Rothschild

how old was the fetus? I must have missed that or they didn't say... did they?

Joey Depue
Joey Depue

@ eric ragan- why cant i have my cake and eat it too? What the hell is the point of having cake if im not gonna eat it?

Joey Depue
Joey Depue

No he shouldnt. Because it doesnt matter. If the other charges dont do their jobs this one wont be a saving grace.

Caiti Elizabeth Patten
Caiti Elizabeth Patten

Ju, insults like that show how arrogant you really are. Now I can never read what you say seriously

Ju Vidal
Ju Vidal

Cindy, MASS MURDER with nothing accidental about it. What a stupid bitch you are... Makes me mad

Caiti Elizabeth Patten
Caiti Elizabeth Patten

mur·der (noun): the killing of another human being under conditions specifically covered in law. hu·man be·ing (noun): any living or extinct member of the family Hominidae characterized by superior intelligence, articulate speech, and erect carriage... http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=human%20being *Hmmmm... an unborn fetus resembles none of these characteristics. So according to Princeton, it would not be murder*

Meg Martinez
Meg Martinez

Cindy there was nothing "accidental" about her getting shot in the stomach

Josh Davidoff
Josh Davidoff

I mean i think its pretty easy to differentiate from "shot in the stomach preventing a birth" to "abortion" or "murder." So yeah, I think he should be charged for preventing the birth but not a murder.

Bobbi Chappell
Bobbi Chappell

@Cindy he did have the intention to kill people though, no matter who it was, and that baby, was a person. So yes.

Cindy Hill
Cindy Hill

Look, this is not a pro-choice/pro-life issue. This woman was ACCIDENTALLY shot in the abdomen in a random mass shooting. She happened to be pregnant at the time. She miscarried the pregnancy. No way was this lunatic AIMING for her womb with the intent of killing her child. Therefore he should NOT be charged with murder in that circumstance. He's going to get hit with enough charges as it is - Arapahoe County? Please, it'll already be overkill with Carol Chambers in charge - to keep him in prison forever or kill him. Changing legal precedent to make this one charge stick will not solve anything.

Alkaline Sky
Alkaline Sky

Exactly, Kendra. Let the family grieve and let the prosecutors do their jobs. The arm chair lawyering is just more media blather.

Meg Martinez
Meg Martinez

There is always a comprimise. A woman can still be allowed to make a choice regarding her body and a someone who takes that choice from her and enda any possibility of life with out her consent can be held accountable.

Eric Breemen
Eric Breemen

This is not two deprecate issues though. Are you people that dense. The law that would need to be changed would have further impacts than just this case. They are unfortunately tied to each other.

Meg Martinez
Meg Martinez

There are two issues at hand here. Abortion/women's choice and violent crimes/murder. Get it straight which one is the real issue at hand here. It DOES matter especially to Ashley and her family. The person responsible for such violence that was carried out with such malicious intent should absolutly be held accountable for the loss he caused. This was not a womans choice freely given. This was a promise of life or a life itself whatever you want to label ended. Its a slippery slope when you say a loss of a chance at life due to someone else besides the mother making a choice doesnt count.

Eric Breemen
Eric Breemen

Paul he's right though. A decision like this would of further impacts than just this case. Laws would have to be changed; defining life at conception.

Paul Haney
Paul Haney

Marcelino .......really ??? Keep it apples to apples here. Leave your politics out of a mass murder......

Paul Haney
Paul Haney

Absolutely. Yes , and yet another reason for a speedy trial and quick death sentence. I am sick of paying for Murders on death row for years and years of appeals. What appeals did he give the victims ?? None , and to be treated fairly would only to be give the same , none. Speedy trial , and a needle in the arm , put this bastard out.

Erich Dye
Erich Dye

^^^I agree!!I'm pro choice as well but that woman was given no "choice"Sorry if you dont believe in absoluts,but sometimes there are things in this world that are ABSOLUTLY WRONG!!..and this ,sad to say is one of them!!politics aside,this is about HUMANITY and COMPASSION not precedent!!^^^

David Spohn
David Spohn

There should be one charge! MASS murder! Penalty if convicted...DEATH!!!

Jeremy Evans
Jeremy Evans

Slippery slope indeed. Still a life born or not. FUck that guy.

Kendra Wiig
Kendra Wiig

Would it make a difference? Any competent prosecutor will have this guy either under a needle or in a cell for the rest of his life. Increasing the body count by a few percentage points on paper does nothing but add more grist to the mill of controversy-driven media packaging. Are the gun rights flame wars no longer delivering the pageviews our local news outlets were projecting?

Marcelino Casias
Marcelino Casias

If an individual can be legally held accountable for the death of an unborn child, it stands to reason that a mother (and doctor) can also be held accountable for an abortion. Legally speaking, it is a very bad precedent to set and could easily be used to both pass legislation to define personhood AND make abortion illegal. I'm not saying I am pro-choice or pro-life, just looking at the bigger picture.

Erich Dye
Erich Dye

^^^Nonsence!! She lost a child,not a goldfish or a hamster!! fully developed or not that was HER and the childs father's baby!!Sorry but that is more than harsh,it';s exteremely insensitive!!^^^

Eric Breemen
Eric Breemen

No way. That would imply life starts at conception. I'm pro choice. We can't have our cake and it too

Kris Call
Kris Call

Very sad, my heart breaks for this family. If the child could not have lived outside the womb, Colorado does not consider it a living human being. So no, he should not be charged in the for another death due to the miscarriage.

Kimberly Shoppell
Kimberly Shoppell

Shit Hppens and Life begins and ends! So perhaps she is destined to love a being that did not come from her own DNA!

Kristine Emerson
Kristine Emerson

She has no children now. And, given that she was shot in the stomach, chances are her ability have another child are at risk. I'm pro-choice, but this? This was not her choice. This was the choice of a crazy SOB who needs to be held accountable for his destruction. In this case, just as in a case where a baby is miscarried due to domestic violence, he needs to be charged, IMO.

Cindy Hill
Cindy Hill

NO! Oh man, talk about bad precedent. I agree with Kimberly. ^^

Erich Dye
Erich Dye

Absolutely!!!..and that drunk driver who caused the death of the woman's unborn child that happened recently,should be charged as well!!!

Kimberly Shoppell
Kimberly Shoppell

I don't mean to sound harsh but that being was not yet sentient.

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