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.
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.
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.
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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."
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