Vigo County Couple Face Charges After Five Year Old’s Death

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A Vigo County couple is facing charges of neglect of a dependent in the death of a five year old.

Brian Moseman and Tiffany Daugherty are facing five felonies in their child’s death.

(Brian Moseman, 33,  faces charges of:

1. Neglect of A Dependent Resulting in Death (A Level 1 Felony)
2. Neglect of a Dependent Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury (A Level 3 Felony)
3. Neglect of a Dependent Resulting in Bodily Injury (A Level 5 Felony)
4. Neglect of a Dependent (A Level 6 Felony)
5. Neglect of a Dependent (A Level 6 Felony)

Tiffany Daugherty, 27, faces charges of:

1. Neglect of A Dependent Resulting in Death (A Level 1 Felony)
2. Neglect of a Dependent Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury (A Level 3 Felony)
3. Neglect of a Dependent Resulting in Bodily Injury (A Level 5 Felony)
4. Neglect of a Dependent (A Level 6 Felony)
5. Neglect of a Dependent (A Level 6 Felony)

The charges were made due to the deprivation of a dependent less than 14 years of age, who did not receive adequate nutrition and/or medical care which resulted in death.

On January 21st, 2016, Detective Ellsworth was contacted by Lt. B Hall via telephone.
Lt. Hall informed Detective Ellsworth that the road units responded to a call at 5601 S. Winthrop Ct. that involved the death of a 5 year old female.


Detective Ellsworth arrived at Regional Hospital at approximately 12:45 PM and met with Dr. Zachary L. Worley in regards to this case. Dr. Worley stated that he was the physician that cared for the child. Dr. Worley stated that the child appeared to have several medical conditions and he was attempting to gather information from the mother of the child.

Detective Ellsworth contacted the DCS Hotline at 1:00 PM. Detective Ellsworth met with Carrie Stafford and Sarah Schroeder (DCS). Detective D. Fell also arrived at the hospital.

An interview was conducted as the mother (Daugherty) stated that she left the child with the father (Moseman)’s mother, Ginger Moseman, like she usually does, for babysitting.

The mother stated that this occurred around 11:00 AM. Mother stated that she was gone for approximately 20 minutes before receiving a phone call from Ginger stating, “Come back, something is wrong with A.M.”
Daugherty stated that she arrived at Ginger’s home and began “sucking out A.M.’s trach.” Mother stated that Ginger called 911 as she began to give chest compressions.

Daugherty stated that Ginger called 911 as she began to give chest compressions. She then stated that EMT arrived immediately and transported A.M. to Regional Hospital. She then stated that A.M. was born “brain-dead” due to her sister kicking her in the stomach when she was 7-8 months pregnant.

She also stated that when A.M. was born, she was in Riley Hospital for 6 weeks (PEDS) before they gave her an option of keeping her alive or pulling the plug. Daugherty stated that she chose to keep A.M. alive and was released from the hospital.

Daugherty stated that she has had previous incidents where A.M.’s tracheotomy has become clogged or blocked.
Mother stated that she only left A.M. with Ginger because Ginger was the only one could trust with A.M.’s medical issues.

DCS also interviewed the other children of Daugherty and Moseman, M.M., age 7 years, and B.M. Jr., age 6 years. Daugherty stated that the youngest sibling, J.M., age 2 years was also at the residence with Ginger when the incident occurred. The two older children were in school.

M.M. reported to DCS that she does not spend time with A.M. and that no one is allowed to touch A.M.

B.M. Jr. stated that no one is supposed to play with A.M. and A.M. cannot walk, hear or see.

Detective Ellsworth and Fell (along with DCS) made contact with Ginger at 5601 S. Winthrop Ct. Ginger stated that she checked on A.M. as she was in the living room in her car seat.

Ginger stated that she noticed A.M.’s eyes were “fixed” and pale lips. Ginger noticed that A.M. was not breathing and immediately called Daugherty and then 911.

On 01-21-16, the Detectives and DCS went to 6058 Sandstone to investigate the living situation of the residence where A.M. lived. Daugherty and Moseman consented to a search of the residence.

Moseman then showed the detectives the kitchen cabinet where A.M.’s food was stored. The cabinet had 4 boxes of Pediasure. Moseman stated that A.M. drank about 3 Pediasure per day.
 

Moseman then showed where A.M. slept (back bedroom, parent’s room.)

The room contained a feeding machine and Moseman explained how the machine worked. The feeding monitor was then turned on and the feeding bag appeared to be completely full of liquid.
Ms. Stafford asked Moseman if the feeding bag was what was left over from this morning’s feeding for A.M. Moseman said that it was.

On 01-22-16 at approximately 8:30 AM an autopsy was conducted by Dr. Kohr with Detective Ellsworth and Fell present along with DCS. Neglect was a concern by Dr. Kohr because A.M. did not have much food residue, she was underweight and there is a a lack of nourishment.

Dr. Kohr indicated that there were no signs of physical abuse.

Ms. Stafford of DCS spoke with Riley Development PEDS and learned that A.M. has not been seen at their office since July 2012.

The Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) assessment provided a history of A.M.’s weight which indicated the following:
01-2016: 16.94 lbs (Time of Death)
12-2015: 17.12 lbs (Dr. Marri)
11-2013: 16 lbs (Dr. Dela Cruz)
07-2012: 21 lbs (Riley PEDS)
09-2011: 14 lbs (before IA closure)
04-2011: 8 lbs (Riley PEDS)

The DCS also indicated that they substantiated in 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 a significant lack of medical follow through for A.M. DCS also found that both parents were not honest regarding the child’s medical care.

According to DCS records, both Moseman and Daugherty tested positive for THC on 1-21-16.
 
It was found that the lack of medical care provided to A.M. and malnutrition directly contributed to the death of A.M.

She was blind, deaf and mute and only weighed 16 pounds.

The couple are each being held on $75,000 bond and will appear in court Wednesday morning.

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