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Evil: Mother Who Lost 6-Year-Old In Colorado Shooting Miscarries

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The last time we checked in on Ashley Moser, we were sharing the wonderful news that her unborn baby had survived the Colorado shooting. Moser lost her daughter Veronica Moser-Sullivan, 6, in the shooting and had herself been shot in the abdomen and neck. But somehow her unborn baby was clinging to life.

But Ashley’s family announced that the baby died.

What’s particularly sad about this is that Ashley’s children were the two youngest victims in this tragedy. Here’s the statement:

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. 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.

Funeral arrangements for Veronica are still pending.

The accused shooter will likely not face any charges in this most recent death since the unborn baby is not protected in any way by Colorado law. As the New York Times put it:

But Colorado’s laws suggest that it might not. State homicide laws apply only to a person who is “born and was alive” at the moment of the crime and specifically exclude fetuses from that definition.

Colorado lawmakers debated enacting a fetal homicide law this spring, but the proposal failed, in part because of concerns that it was a veiled attempt to criminalize abortion. At least 38 states have some form of fetal homicide laws, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

A hearing in the case against the alleged gunman will be held on Monday.