A St. Joseph mother has been charged with first-degree involuntary manslaughter in the death of her 4-year-old daughter.

Alexandra Thurman Laureen Schurr, 21, was arrested Wednesday in connection with the Oct. 10 death of her daughter, Amber Elizabeth Mosier, 4.

Amber was bedridden with cerebral palsy and found dead in her bed at 3114 S. 36th St., according to police Capt. Matt Rock.

The initial investigation revealed that the child, who was on a feeding machine, had not been checked on between 9 a.m. and the time the child was found lifeless. Police were called at 5:27 p.m.

An autopsy report indicates the child died as a result of airway obstruction caused by gastrically delivered feeding material.

According to the probable cause statement, Ms. Schurr allegedly did not check on her daughter for more than 20 hours, even after hearing the child vomit and cough approximately 17-plus hours before finding the child unresponsive.

The report also states that Ms. Schurr did not administer the child’s prescribed medications for several days prior to her death. In addition, Ms. Schurr allegedly left her daughter unattended and, upon returning home, heard her daughter’s feeding machine beeping and finally went to check on her.

Ms. Schurr is being held at the Buchanan County Law Enforcement Center in lieu of $50,000 bond. Arraignment is scheduled for 8:15 a.m. Tuesday in Buchanan County Associate Circuit Court.

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64503
64503

Bond she should not be given a bond. She should Locked up and the key thrown away. To do this to a child any child is unacceptable behavior. Especially a child that cannot take care of herself or himself.

GoHawkeyes
GoHawkeyes

Yet another symptom of babies having babies. Sad

socialfingered
socialfingered

Up until the 20th century it was commonplace for girls as young as 14 to wed and start having children and this wasn't even thought of in those days so don't go on about "babies having babies" because that arguement doesn't hold up. This is about the decay of values in this society and human life has lost a lot of it's value.

GoHawkeyes
GoHawkeyes

I wasn't necessarily referring to her age. I was referring to her apparent maturity level. It's not common for 14 year old girls to wed and have children today because we have learned a great deal about the development of the human body and of maturity. So, relative to current scientific knowledge and cultural standards, it is indeed babies having babies.

cardelkw900
cardelkw900

Yeah everybody's ready to judge this poor girl. Read the article over and over and understand it before you post an opinion. Do any of you have kids with special needs. Well I do I have twin boys with cerebal palsy so not only do I have one I have two. When you have kids with special needs then you can stand up and say something and judge this poor girl. I don't know this women but from what I have heard she was a good mother loving and caring. I know what it is like and I feel for this women and this child and prayers are going out to her and the family. Its a terrible loss that this 4 year old was taken but dont judge just by an article.

64503
64503

Sorry as child in this condition is not checked on from 9 am till after 5 sorry but this is not a good parent. Sure is not a parent taking care of their children and has no concern for the welfare of that child. We have a child with health issues and special needs and this never happens in our household. We sometimes spend plenty of sleepless nights and days seeing to it that our child and other children are taken care of. And if she would have checked on this child there is a great possibility that this child would be here today. But instead she chose not to check on her child and the child died as a result of airway obstruction caused by gastrical delivered feeding material. She should rot in jail. May this child rest in peace.

cardelkw900
cardelkw900

let me ask you a question so you were at this womens house so you know that she didn't check in on this child right is that what you are saying you were there at 36th street apts on the day in question and you know for a fact that this mother didn't check on her child from that time to that time. No I am sorry you only know that the papers and the media print and what the prosecuting attorney has told the media. Unless you were there stop judging people. Well I should nominate you for the parent of the year award!!! I dont know you from squat you can tell me ooohh i got a kid that is this and that whatever if you had a child of these needs you would know trust me and I would know

64503
64503

Sorry but this article tells us to many things like the child was not checked, the child was heard vomiting and choking but she still did not check on her, she did not give her child he medicines for days? And you think this person is a good parent? Please I simply do not understand your thought process. Ok so again the autopsy report indicates the child died as a result of airway obstruction caused by gastrically delivered feeding material, now this article also states that she heard her child choking.Wonder how long after she heard the child choking did she get up off her hind end and check on her daughter? This child could have been passed away for sometime before she was found. Mother should rot in jail for the rest of her natural born life. And I promise you I am a hell of a lot older then 21 and have raised 5 children and have a child wit health issues and like I told you before I have had a lot of sleepless nights making sure my child is ok. I am old enough to be this girls father and all I can say is she lucky she is not my daughter and this was not my granddaughter. This younger generation has no damn clue about raising a family.

SaintJosephian
SaintJosephian

The people commenting on this article comment on EVERY article where they get the chance to judge. Their favorite topics are anything involving immigrants, the poor, minorities, kids who die on motorcycles, and mothers. This is no different. They'll keep judging until the day they die, sad and lonely. Don't take it personally.

COI
COI

SERIOUSLY...... she didnt check on her for 20 hours!!!!!!!! THAT IS NOT A PARENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

64503
64503

Exactly this girl is not a parent she let this child suffer and no child should have to suffer. She should rot in jail. I like to know how she cold live with herself at this point.

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