Mariah Thomas, 26, was jailed after accidentally putting her one-month-old baby to sleep in the oven rather than a cot. The infant was pronounced deceased on the spot.
A newborn girl died in Missouri when her mother allegedly placed her in an oven for sleep rather than a cot, according to SKY News. The incident was discovered earlier this week when Kansas City Police responded to a complaint of a one-month-old infant not breathing.
The infant was pronounced deceased on the spot.
Mariah Thomas, the infant’s mother and a Kansas City resident, has been charged with endangering the child’s welfare.
A lady in Missouri’s Kansas City was legally prosecuted Saturday for putting her 1-month-old infant in an oven for sleep instead of a cot, according to Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker, who did not specify how she made such a heinous error.
Baker said in a statement: “We understand the terrible nature of this tragedy and our hearts are weighted by the loss of this wonderful life. We believe the criminal justice system will respond properly to these terrible circumstances.”
Police discovered the infant on Friday after receiving information about a toddler who was not breathing. When officials arrived, they discovered the deceased infant with evident thermal damage.
They were told that Mariah Thomas was “putting the child down for a nap and accidentally placed the child in the oven instead of the crib.”
According to the lawsuit, the 1-month-old was discovered in the living room, lying in a car seat just inside the front entrance, with burns on different portions of her body.
“She was wearing a bodysuit over a diaper. According to the complaint, the garment looked to have melted into the diaper and was extremely unclean, probably burnt on the behind.
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The baby’s grandparents stated that they left the home where they lived with their daughter earlier that morning.
According to the police, “The child’s grandmother received a call about 1 pm from the child’s mother, who was hysterical, and told the grandmother she had put the infant in the oven instead of the crib.”
It further stated that the baby’s grandfather detected smoke in the house when he arrived.
Thomas allegedly told authorities that she “accidentally put her in the oven.”
According to the prosecutor, Thomas now faces a Class A felony for Endangering the Welfare of a Child in the First Degree, which includes the death of a child.
If convicted, she faces a minimum of ten years in prison and a maximum of life.