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Jul 30, 2012 5:58 PM by CBS News

Family member says Colo. shooting victim will be paralyzed, suffered miscarriage

A family member said the woman who lost her 6-year-old daughter in the Aurora theater shooting and suffered a miscarriage is expected to be paralyzed as a result of her injuries.

MaryEllen Hansen said doctors still hope her niece, Ashley Moser, will have use of her arms.

Moser's family said in a statement to CBS News on Saturday that she was recovering from an additional surgery, and her miscarriage was a direct result of the trauma she had received. Moser was shot in the neck and abdomen.

Moser and her partner, Jamison Toews, had just seen the baby's ultrasound picture hours before the shooting, CBS Denver reported. The fetus was eight weeks old at the time of the shooting.

Hansen added that the funeral of 6-year-old Veronica Moser-Sullivan has been delayed until her mother is able to attend, and there's no estimate on when that will be.

Moser and her daughter, Veronica Moser-Sullivan, had attended "The Dark Knight Rises" screening in Aurora, Colo. with three others, including 13-year-old Kaylan, whose last name has not been revealed for privacy purposes.


Kaylan attempted to give CPR to the 6-year-old until the police arrived. She told CBS News that the event was "terrifying, because I couldn't see...I couldn't see the person who had done it."

Hansen spoke at the courthouse where the shooting suspect, James Holmes, was charged with 142 criminal counts. After the hearing, she said she thought Holmes appeared coherent and alert and that he had a "persona of evilness."

The miscarriage was not counted as one of the murder charges because homicide charges in Colorado only apply to those "who had been born and alive," CBS Denver reported.

"Legally it doesn't fit the definition," defense attorney Karen Steinhauser, a former prosecutor and current adjunct professor at the University of Denver, explained to CBS Denver.

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