Sunday, May 26, 2013
The Associated Press
CENTENNIAL, Colo. - The Colorado woman who lost her 6-year-old daughter in the Aurora theater shooting and suffered a miscarriage is expected to be paralyzed as a result of her injuries, a family member said Monday.
MaryEllen Hansen said that doctors still hope her niece, Ashley Moser, will have use of her arms.
Moser's daughter, Veronica Moser-Sullivan, was the youngest person slain in the July 20 shooting. On Saturday, Moser's family announced that Moser had suffered a miscarriage related to the trauma of the shooting. Moser suffered gunshot wounds to the neck and abdomen.
Hansen said Monday that Moser was aware of both her daughter's death and the miscarriage.
Hansen spoke at the courthouse where James Holmes was charged with 142 criminal counts. After the hearing, she said she thought Holmes appeared coherent and that he had a "persona of evilness."
Moser's miscarriage could rekindle a debate about whether to allow prosecutors to charge people with killing a pregnant woman's fetus.
Last year, El Paso County Rep. Mark Waller proposed a bill to create new felony charges, such as unlawful termination of a pregnancy, in the first, second and third degrees. A fourth-degree charge would be a misdemeanor. The bill also would have created an offense for vehicular unlawful termination of a pregnancy.
Waller's proposal stated that it didn't "confer the status of 'person"' to an unborn child. It also included language saying people wouldn't be charged in cases where a mother consents to medical care.
The Republican lawmaker said pressure from both sides of the abortion debate forced him to abandon the proposal, though he insisted the bill was about adequately prosecuting cases.