AG Josh Hawley Announces Phelps County Sentencing

Jan 24, 2018, 13:39 PM
Jan 24, 2018, 13:37 PM

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced Phelps County resident Christa Mueller has been sentenced to 20 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for her role in severely abusing her 17-month child in April of 2006. Mueller was convicted by a Phelps County jury in September 2017.

The Defendant and her boyfriend, Calvin Alford, were both charged with Assault in the First Degree after the Defendant’s 17-month-old child was treated for 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, all consistent with severe child abuse. The evidence was clear that sometime between 10 p.m. on April 5 and 11 a.m. on April 6, the baby was struck or struck against something multiple times over a period of time. After sustaining these devastating injuries, the Defendant and Mr. 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 for said injuries, 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.

“Protecting Missouri’s most vulnerable citizens is a priority,” Hawley said. “My Office will not stand for abuse of this nature and will work to see that perpetrators are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

The case was investigated by the St. James Police Department with assistance from the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department and the Rolla Police Department.  The case was tried by AAG Jennifer Szczucinski with assistance from investigators Haley Porter, Susan Clevenger and Victim Advocate Carrie Boessen.

Calvin Alford’s trial is set for trial the week of March 26, 2018.