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.