Austin mother charged with murder in daughter's death

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by KVUE.com & SHANNON MURRAY / KVUE NEWS

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Posted on March 5, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 5 at 7:21 PM

AUSTIN -- A mother formerly facing an intoxication manslaughter charge in the death of her four-year-old daughter now faces new charges -- murder and aggravated assault.

The accident that killed the young girl happened Feb. 19 when her mother, 31-year-old Shea Goss, drove their SUV carrying 3 children off Riata Vista Circle into a cluster of oak trees.

All of the three children in the vehicle were transported to Dell Children's Hospital. Two had life-threatening injuries, and one had minor injuries. Four-year-old Averee Goss was found unresponsive on the floor of the vehicle. She was pronounced dead at Dell Children's. Police say her twin sister and her five-year-old brother were wearing seat belts but Averee was not.

Police on the scene found two bottles of prescription pills for Goss in the front seat of the SUV. One was a muscle relaxer; the other medication is used to relieve pain. Police say both medication bottles displayed warnings about how the drug may cause dizziness or drowsiness, and to use care when operating a car.

According to Goss' arrest warrant affidavit, in an interview with police following the accident, the mother didn't remember driving and she fell in and out of sleep while talking to the officer.

Dr. Chris Ziebell says the muscle relaxant, Carisoprodol is highly dangerous and addictive, it's a medication he refuses to prescribe.

"That one has a profound effect on people's ability to do quick responses," he explains.

The pain reliever found in Goss' car is Oxymorphone, Dr. Ziebell says the drug is a oral form of morphine and is described as a potent narcotic.

"You need a special prescription notepad to write for it in the state of Texas," Dr. Ziebell says. "It's very tightly controlled. I guarantee anyone on that medication has been strongly counseled about driving or operating machinery on that medicine."

Tuesday's murder charge is an upgrade of Goss' previous intoxication manslaughter charge. In addition, Tuesday she was charged with two counts of aggravated assault.

She is currently in custody in the Travis County Jail. Her bond is set at a total of $250,000.

A website has been created to help the Goss family. You can find it here.

A Facebook page has also been set up to coordinate helping the family.

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