Police responded to a call about a non-breathing infant at her residence, where they found apparent burn wounds on the one-month-old victim. Thomas claimed she accidentally placed the child in the oven instead of the crib. She could face a sentence of 10 years to life in prison if convicted.
Police: Infant Dies After Mother Allegedly Places Her in Oven for Nap
In Kansas City, Missouri, a 26-year-old mother has been arrested and charged with a felony after her one-month-old child tragically died. She allegedly placed the infant in an oven instead of a crib, according to prosecutors.
On Saturday, Jackson County prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced that Mariah Thomas has been charged with a Class A felony for first-degree endangering the welfare of a child.
Baker expressed gratitude towards all the first responders who were involved in handling the scene and the prosecutors who visited the site to file these charges. In a press release, she acknowledged the harrowing nature of the tragedy and conveyed sorrow for the loss of the young life. She expressed confidence in the criminal justice system to address the situation appropriately.
According to court documents obtained by ABC News and filed on Saturday, police received a call about a non-breathing infant at a residence in a Kansas City neighborhood around 1:30 p.m. local time on Friday. Upon arrival, officers noted apparent burn wounds on the infant victim. The Kansas City Fire Department responded, and unfortunately, the 1-month-old was declared dead at the scene.
According to court documents, Thomas claimed that she was putting the child down for a nap and accidentally placed the child in the oven instead of the crib. The infant's grandfather, who provided a statement to the police, allegedly recounted Thomas saying, "I thought I put [infant's name redacted] in her crib, and I accidentally put her in the oven."
Court records do not indicate whether Thomas has legal representation at this time.
Under Missouri state law, Thomas could potentially face a sentence ranging from 10 years to life in prison if convicted.