MOTHER CONVICTED OF FELONY CHILD ABUSE
Moffat County, Colorado – After a three-day jury trial, Kaylee Ann Messerly, 36, of Craig, Colorado was convicted of two counts of felony child abuse on June 8, 2022. Ms. Messerly was convicted of Child Abuse Resulting in Death and Child Abuse Resulting in Serious Injury, for knowingly or recklessly causing the death of her 18-month old daughter, and knowingly or recklessly causing catastrophic injuries to her 3-year-old daughter.
The incident occurred in March of 2021, north of Craig. Child Abuse Resulting in Death is a class 2 felony punishable by 16 to 48 years in the Department of Corrections, and Child Abuse Resulting in Serious Injury is a class 3 felony punishable by four to 16 years in the Department of Corrections. Ms. Messerly was remanded to the Moffat County Jail to await a presentence investigation and sentencing, which is scheduled for September 1, 2022.
Assistant District Attorney Matthew Tjosvold said:
“These tragedies were preventable, and those children were placed in a position that they could not get themselves out of. The evidence showed that methamphetamine abuse was a contributing factor. There are no winners in these types of cases. Emma Smith is lost to her family, Alena Smith has life-altering injuries, and now Kaylee Messerly faces a prison sentence for her actions. We thank the jury for their attention and service in this trial, particularly given the tragic subject matter.”
The investigation was led by Moffat County Sheriff's Office Lieutenant Chip McIntyre, and the prosecution team was led by Assistant District Attorney Matthew Tjosvold and Deputy District Attorney James Hesson.