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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.


  1. ChubberStein

    July 30, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Utterly tragic story, and perhaps this has already been covered here, but what is the general Mommyish view on a pregnant mother taking her 6 year old daughter to a midnight matinee, especially a movie in the rebooted Batman franchise, which has some pretty mature themes and imagery. While this shooting could have occurred at the 3 p.m. showing, I generally ascribe to the view that nothing good ever happens after midnight and that little kids should be several hours into sleepytime by then.

    • Frances Locke

      July 30, 2012 at 12:47 pm

      I hate this type of victim blaming. While no, I wouldn’t take my 6 year old to any midnight movie, especially one that was rated R, I don’t think the thousands of holier than thou parents pointing out that fact is going to make this child come back or make her mother feel any better. As a mother who has lost a child I am disgusted by this behavior. It is the worst feeling in the world, and honestly, don’t you think this woman is in enough pain?

    • JMB

      July 30, 2012 at 1:47 pm

      What does her being pregnant have to do with it? Is that an extra strike against her in the victim blame-game or something? I didn’t know pregnant women couldn’t stay out late on occasion.

    • DMH

      July 30, 2012 at 11:12 pm

      Why don’t you quit beating around the bush, Chubber, and just say “Sure, it tragic, but she deserved it.” Come on, we all know you want to.

      Asshole. Like the mother isn’t grieving enough already, shitheads like you feel the need to make it worse.

    • guest

      July 31, 2012 at 3:58 pm

      what DMH said! Go troll elsewhere.

  2. ChubberStein

    July 31, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    FL and JMB, no intent to offend. I talked to my wife, who set me straight.

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