PHELPS COUNTY, Mo. - (1/24/18)
A Phelps County woman has been sentenced for severely abusing her 17-month old child.
Attorney General Josh Hawley announced that Christa Mueller, 31, was sentenced to 20 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. Mueller was convicted by a jury of first degree assault last September.
Mueller and her boyfriend, Calvin Alford, were accused of assaulting the child, causing bleeding on her brain, contusions to her brain,a skull fracture, 3 fractures to her right arm, 2 collapsed lungs, and multiple bruises and abrasions to her face, arms, legs, and back. Authorities say the baby was struck or struck against something multiple times. Mueller and Alford failed to seek medical treatment for between 8 to 16 hours, calling 911 only at the insistence of a neighbor.
As a result of her injuries and the failure to seek medical treatment, the child is blind, unable to walk or sit up, unable to speak or understand language, requires feeding through a tube, and has seizures multiple times a day.
Calvin Alford is set for trial the week of March 26, 2018.
(Edited Press Release)