Middle Point couple gets jail time in daughter’s accidental death

By J Swygart - jswygart@limanews.com

VAN WERT — The parents of a Middle Point girl who died in an accidental shooting in April have been sentenced to short jail terms, house arrest and intensive probation.

Richard Curtis Moore and Kaitlyn Burgoon, each 23 years of age, pleaded guilty in Van Wert Common Pleas Court in September to misdemeanor charges of endangering children. They had previously entered pleas of not guilty to third-degree felony charges of endangering children in the death of their 4-year-old daughter, Aubrie Moore, who died April 9 after gaining access to a handgun in the family home.

The couple was sentenced Tuesday by Judge Martin Burchfield.

Moore was sentenced to two years of community control, 93 days in jail, with three days to serve starting on New Year’s Eve and an additional 30 days to be served at a later date. He will also serve 90 days on electronic house arrest, perform 100 hours of community service, undergo mental health and substance assessment and treatment and serve one year of intensive probation.

Burgoon was sentenced to two years of community control, 90 days in jail, to be served on electronic house arrest with an additional 30 days jail to be served at later date. She was also sentenced to 100 hours community service, ordered to undergo mental health and substance assessment and treatment and one one year of intensive probation.

The couple’s daughter died April 9 after reportedly gaining access to a handgun in the residence. A 911 call was placed to the Van Wert County dispatch at approximately 1:30 p.m. about a young girl who had been shot. The child was transported to Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center by Middle Point EMS and was pronounced dead at the hospital, according to a statement issued by Van Wert County Sheriff Tom Riggenbach on the day of the incident.

An autopsy on the child’s body was performed by the Lucas County Coroner’s Office, and the preliminary autopsy report revealed Moore died of a gunshot wound to the head. The manner of death was described in the report as a “suspected accident.”

Van Wert County Prosecuting Attorney Eva Yarger said following the incident, “This appears to be a tragic accident, but we have not reached any conclusions at this point. The incident is still under investigation, and we have not ruled out whether other further factors were involved, such as negligence or child endangering.”


By J Swygart


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