Mother Gets 20 Years in Severe Abuse Case


ROLLA, Mo. — A Phelps County woman charged with child abuse that led to her daughter becoming blind and severely disabled has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Christa Mueller and her boyfriend, Calvin Alford, each were charged with first-degree assualt after the 17-month-old child was hurt in September of 2017, according to a release from Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley.

The child was treated for treated for bleeding on her brain, contusions to her brain, a skull fracture, three fractures to her right arm, two collapsed lungs, and multiple bruises and abrasions to her face, arms, legs, and back, all consistent with severe child abuse, the release states.

The evidence was clear, Hawley said, that the baby had been struck or struck against something multiple times over a period of time. The defendants did not seek medical treatment for the child for more than 8 hours, the release said, and then only at the insistence of a neighbor. 

Because of the injuries and the delay in 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, Hawley said.  
Calvin Alford’s trial is set for trial the week of March 26, 2018.

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