Mom of girl killed in shooting will be paralyzed

MaryEllen Hansen said that doctors still hope her niece, Ashley Moser, will have use of her arms.

CENTENNIAL | 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.

A poster in memory of Veronica Moser-Sullivan, 6, is shown at the memorial to victims of the Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooting, Friday, July 27, 2012. It was a week ago Friday that a gunman opened fire during a late-night showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” Batman movie, killing 12 and injuring dozens of others. Police have identified the suspected shooter as James Holmes, 24. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

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. She added that a funeral for Veronica has been delayed until her mother is able to attend, and that there’s no estimate on when that will be.

James Holmes, 24, was charged Monday with multiple murder and attempted murder counts in the case.

Hansen spoke at the courthouse where Holmes was charged with 142 criminal counts.

After the hearing, she said she thought Holmes appeared coherent and alert and that he had a “persona of evilness.”

Holmes was not charged in connection with the miscarriage. Karen Steinhauser, a former prosecutor who is an adjunct professor at the University of Denver, told The Associated Press on Sunday homicide charges in Colorado only apply to those “who had been born and alive.”

“Legally, it doesn’t fit the definition” in this case, she said.

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.

  • Dian 1045

    The killer should be drawn and quartered, not to mention other things, done in “old England”. We sure do treat these killers so as not to “abuse THEIR rights”. If these creeps want to be taken care of for the rest of their lives, they have it made in prison. With no conscience, they just don’t seem to care, do they. 

  • Choffman22

    I would like to thank you for publishing this article.  I would venture to guess that many times reporters don’t realize that their articles reach out in a way they never imagined.
    I’ve been following your stories on this unimaginable occurence.
    I am a member of a small bible study group in Ocala, Fl. 
    Our hearts are aching as mothers and grandmothers for this family.  Yet, our faith remains constant and trusting that God does and will work out things out all things for good.
    Thank you again for posting this article and we will open our hearts to what God would have us do for HIS glory.  We are praying constantly for the Lord Jesus Christ to stay close to Ashley and her family and let HIS holy presence be known to them.
    Our hearts are touched for your community as a whole and you remain bathed in  prayer by many, many groups here in Ocala, Florida. 

    We will continue to track the progress of Ashley and the family and your community through articles posted in the Sentinel and the internet.

    “I am the vine, you are the branches, If a man resides in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit,  Apart from Me, you can do nothing.” John 5:5

    • Illinois resident

      I live in Illinois and am still following the unimaginable, horrible event in Aurora. I and my friends at our church have been praying for Ashley and her family daily. Little Veronica is a beautiful child that God is now taking care of for Ashley. I am a mom of a four-year old and cannot begin to think of the pain and anguish Ashley and her family are experiencing. Ashley, you are being prayed for in such a big way. Our God is stronger and bigger than any fear and loneliness we may feel. Please know you and your family are in our prayers every single day. Veronica is your beautiful angel who is looking down on you every day. May God help you recover in all ways completely. God bless. Illinois resident.