CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- The Colorado woman who lost her 6-year-old daughter in the Aurora theater shooting and suffered a miscarriage is expected to be paralyzed as a result of her injuries, a family member said Monday.

MaryEllen Hansen said that doctors still hope her niece, Ashley Moser, will have use of her arms.

Moser's daughter, Veronica Moser-Sullivan, was the youngest person slain in the July 20 shooting. On Saturday, Moser's family announced that Moser had suffered a miscarriage related to the trauma of the shooting. Moser suffered gunshot wounds to the neck and abdomen.

Hansen said Monday that Moser was aware of both her daughter's death and the miscarriage. She added that a funeral for Veronica has been delayed until her mother is able to attend, and that there's no estimate on when that will be.

James Holmes, 24, was charged Monday with multiple murder and attempted murder counts in the case.

Hansen spoke at the courthouse where Holmes was charged with 142 criminal counts.

After the hearing, she said she thought Holmes appeared coherent and alert and that he had a "persona of evilness."

Holmes was not charged in connection with the miscarriage. Karen Steinhauser, a former prosecutor who is an adjunct professor at the University of Denver, told The Associated Press on Sunday homicide charges in Colorado only apply to those "who had been born and alive."

"Legally, it doesn't fit the definition" in this case, she said.

Moser's miscarriage could rekindle a debate about whether to allow prosecutors to charge people with killing a pregnant woman's fetus.

Last year, El Paso County Rep. Mark Waller proposed a bill to create new felony charges, such as unlawful termination of a pregnancy, in the first, second and third degrees. A fourth-degree charge would be a misdemeanor. The bill also would have created an offense for vehicular unlawful termination of a pregnancy.

Waller's proposal stated that it didn't "confer the status of `person'" to an unborn child. It also included language saying people wouldn't be charged in cases where a mother consents to medical care.

The Republican lawmaker said pressure from both sides of the abortion debate forced him to abandon the proposal, though he insisted the bill was about adequately prosecuting cases.

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  • People attending a candle-light prayer gathering cry as they pray, Friday, July 20, 2012, in Aurora, Colo., across the street from the movie theater where a gunman killed at least 12 people and wounded dozens of others Friday in one of the deadliest mass shootings in recent U.S. history. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • People hold hands as they pray during a vigil, Friday, July 20, 2012, in Aurora, Colo., across the street from the movie theater where a gunman killed at least 12 people and wounded dozens of others Friday in one of the deadliest mass shootings in recent U.S. history. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • People attending a candle-light prayer gathering sit comfort each other, Friday, July 20, 2012, in Aurora, Colo., across the street from the movie theater where a gunman killed at least 12 people and wounded dozens of others Friday in one of the deadliest mass shootings in recent U.S. history. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • Tents put up by the major television networks are illuminated as the sun sets over the Century 16 theatre east of the Aurora Mall in Aurora, Colo., on Friday, July 20, 2012. Authorities report that 12 died and more than three dozen people were shot during an assault at the theatre during a midnight premiere of "The Dark Knight." (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

  • People attending a candle-light prayer gathering surround a a group of candles and U.S. flags, Friday, July 20, 2012, in Aurora, Colo., across the street from the movie theater where a gunman killed at least 12 people and wounded dozens of others Friday in one of the deadliest mass shootings in recent U.S. history. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • Esmeralda Carbajal, second from lower left, lights candles at a growing memorial across the street from the Century 16 movie theater, late Friday, July 20, 2012, in Aurora, Colo., nearly 24 hours after a gunman killed at least 12 people and wounded dozens of others watching the latest Batman film in one of the deadliest mass shootings in recent U.S. history. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • Well-wishers left notes and flowers on the sidewalks surrounding the blocked-off Century 16 movie theater in Aurora.

  • Candles, flowers and a stuffed bear accumulated on the stairs of a graffiti-marked building next to the Century 16 Theater where the shooting occurred early Friday morning.

  • Stuffed animals sat at the base of many trees across the street from the theater where the shooting took place. These "Winnie The Pooh" bears sat at the base of one bathed in candlelight.

  • Candles with pictures of saints stood in pools of wax across the street from the theater where the shooting took place in the early hours of Friday, July 20, 2012.

  • Mother Suyapa Zlaya (second from left) sits across the street from the Century 16 theater with daughters Katheryn (far left), Haley and Blanca. Blanca attended the "Dark Knight Rises" premiere at nearby Harkins Theater the night of the shooting instead of the Century theater they usually attend. Her mother says she feared she might have been in the theater where the shooting occurred when she couldn't reach Blanca immediately by phone. The family says after their experience they wanted to come and show their support.

  • Candles, stuffed animals and pools of wax sit in the blueish glow of media lights nearby in Aurora.

  • Well-wishers and onlookers pass by signs of support at 10:30 p.m. across the street from the Century 16 Theater in Aurora.

  • Friends Greg Duran, 26, Cierra Human, 21, and Arielle Merelli, 21, say they had planned to attend the "Dark Knight Rises" premiere at the Century 16 Theater in Aurora the night of the shooting but Duran had to work earlier and they decided against it.

  • Cars remain in the parking lot of the Century 16 movie theater, late Friday, July 20, 2012, in Aurora, Colo., nearly 24 hours after a gunman killed at least 12 people and wounded dozens of others watching the latest Batman film in one of the deadliest mass shootings in recent U.S. history. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)