ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- A 21-year-old mother is charged with the death of her four-year old daughter after the child was left unattended for more than 20 hours.
Alexandra Schurr is charged with first-degree involuntary manslaughter for the death of Amber Elizabeth Mosier. Police say Amber had cerebral palsy and was unable to care for herself. Police accuse Schurr of not only failing to give the girl her prescribed medicine but of manslaughter for failing to care for her ailing daughter.
Police say in early October Schurr heard her disabled daughter cough and throw up, but didn't check on her. The neighbor says she saw Schurr leave with her younger daughter.
Police say more than 20 hours passed before Schurr checked on the little girl. By that time, the child was unresponsive and when police arrived, the girl was dead. Her death was a result of choking after she threw up.
"That constitutes neglect." said Capt. Matt Rock of the St. Joseph Police Department.
Neighbors say the young mother was still a child herself, but had three children to raise.
A neighbor who wished to remain anonymous told FOX 4 that Amber "couldn't walk or talk or eat by herself or use her arms or anything. She was in a wheelchair."
While social media posts pain a picturesque family, the neighbor says Schurr and her husband went out frequently, leaving the kids at home with Grandma. "You shouldn't be a parent if you don't know how to take care of your own kids," she said. "You just shouldn't. And you're a kid yourself and you want to party," the neighbor continued.
"We want to make sure that the best interests of the child are met, even after her death," said Rock.
Schurr is currently in jail on $50,000 bond. A neighbor says her two other children are still in the home in the care of Schurr's husband and the children's grandmother.