Trial for Child Starvation Death Begins

WASHINGTON, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- A trial has begun in Washington County for a woman accused of starving her young daughter, causing her death.

Attorneys gave opening statements Wednesday. The trial is expected to last 4 to 5 days.

Ambrashia Chrzan of Riverside has pleaded not guilty to a charge of child endangerment resulting in death.

Authorities say her 17-month-old daughter, Avery McCoy, died of malnutrition in 2016 at their home in Riverside. She weighed just 11 pounds.

The girl's father, Anthony McCoy, also faces a child endangerment charge. He has also pleaded not guilty.

Authorities arrested 29-year-old Ambrashia Chrzan and 36-year-old Anthony McCoy of Riverside Thursday, October 19, 2017.

Chrzan found her daughter unresponsive in her crib on November 9, 2016. A University of Iowa Hospitals pathologist conducted an autopsy the next day.

Avery had 11 siblings at the time of her death, and one brother who died before her.

If convicted, the couple each face up to 50 years in prison.