VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – Two Vigo County parents have been arrested in connection with the death of a five-year-old in January of 2016.
The Vigo County Prosecutor’s Office released information on the arrests of two people, Brian Moseman and Tiffany Daugherty. Both are facing charges of neglect of a dependent resulting in death.
Each face five felonies including:
+neglect of a dependent resulting in death
+neglect of a dependent resulting in serious bodily injury
+neglect of a dependent resulting in bodily injury
+two counts of neglect of a dependent
According to court documents their five-year-old daughter A.M. died on Jan. 21, 2016. When the child died, she only weighed 16 pounds.
Court documents show A.M. was left in the care of a grandparent, as she always was. The grandparent told police that when Daugherty dropped off A.M. around 11 a.m. on Jan. 21, 2016 she was awake. But when the grandparent checked on her again, “she noticed A.M.’s eyes were ‘fixed’ and pale lips.” When the grandparent noticed A.M. wasn’t breathing, she immediately called Daugherty and then 911.
A.M. was transported to Regional Hospital but she did not survive.
During an interview with Daugherty, she told police that when she was 7-8 months pregnant with A.M. she was kicked in the stomach. She stated A.M. was born “brain-dead” and was in Riley Hospital for Children for six weeks before Daugherty was given the option of keeping her alive or not. Daugherty stated she chose to keep A.M. and when she was released from the hospital A.M. was blind, deaf and mute. A.M. also had a tracheotomy.
The Indiana Department of Child Services interviewed Moseman and Daugherty’s other children; 7 year-old, 6-year-old and 2-year-old. The 7 year-old told DCS that they (other children) were not allowed to go into A.M.’s room or touch her. The 6-year-old told DCS that A.M. could not walk, hear or see. “When (6 year-old) tells (Daugherty) that A.M. is hungry, (Daugherty) says A.M.’s name in an exacerbated tone,” court documents state.
Detectives with the Vigo County Sheriff’s Office and members of DCS went to the home of Moseman and Daugherty after the death of A.M. Both Moseman and Daugherty consented to the search and escorted them throughout the residence.
Moseman showed Detectives where A.M.’s food was kept, the room where A.M. slept and the feeding machine that was used to feed her. “When questioned about A.M.’s weight gain, Daugherty and Moseman stated that they do not keep a feeding chart for A.M.,” court documents stated.
Forensic Pathologist, Dr. Roland Kohr, performed the autopsy on A.M. on Jan. 22, 2016.
Kohr reported neglect was a concern because the child, “did not have much food residue, she was underweight, and there is a lack of nourishment.” Dr. Kohr indicated there were no signs of physical abuse and the initial cause of death was ‘Patchy Bronchopneumonia and Malnutrition.”
“The Department of Child Services indicated that they substantiated this case due to neglect and environment life/health endangering against Mother and Father in regards to A.M. The report indicated that there was significant lack of medical follow through for A.M. DCS also found that both parents were not honest in regarding the child’s medical care,” court documents stated.
The Department of Child Services spoke with Riley Development PEDS and learned that A.M. had not been seen in their office since July of 2012. According to medical records, A.M. was diagnosed with Microcephaly (small head), Mitochondrial Disorder and seizures. It was recommended that A.M. be seen in specific Riley units.
DCS spoke with the doctor listed as A.M.’s ongoing pediatrician. That office stated A.M. was seen once in November of 2013 but there were no annual visits. That office refereed A.M. to specialists. A.M. was seen by another doctor on Dec. 7, 2015 in regards to A.M.’s trachea and had a prescription filled.
Overall, court documents indicate A.M. was not getting the amount of food she was required and A.M. was also not getting her medication. Daugherty told police that she wouldn’t always give A.M. the medicine because “I don’t believe in drugging my child.” She also told police that she stopped taking A.M. to doctor appointments because she believed they were using A.M. as a ‘guinea pig.’
During an interview with Moseman, he stated that he had little to do with the care of A.M., but that he was the provider. Court documents show Moseman believed A.M. was being taken to doctor appointments because Daugherty would always tell him about the visits and that A.M. was healthy.
In an assessment done by the Indiana Department of Child Services, the following is a history of the child’s weight:
January of 2016: 16.94 pounds (time of death)
December of 2015: 17.12 pounds (medical records)
November of 2013: 16 pounds (medical records)
July of 2012: 21 pounds (medical records)
September of 2011: 14 pounds (medical records)
April 2011: 8 pounds (Riley PEDS Unit)
On Oct. 25, 2016 Dr. Kohr provided a final report on this case. Kohr stated, “there are several indications of medical neglect in this case,” court documents show. “These include a failure to gain weight while in the care of her parents, in spite of consistent pattern of gaining weight while in the care of hospital personnel; a failure to seek ongoing medical care at Riley Hospital for several years in a child with major medical issues; and severe malnutrition at the time of her death in spite of having been provided special feeding materials by social service. Dr. Kohr indicated that the lack of medical care provided to A.M. and malnutrition directly contributed to the death of A.M.”
Documents also show that both Daugherty and Moseman tested positive for THC on Jan. 21, 2016.
Daugherty and Moseman were booked into the Vigo County Jail on March 7. Both have a bond set at $75,000, cash only. Both will be in court Wednesday morning at 9 a.m.
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