A 26-year-old woman from the city of Kansa, Missouri, in the United States, has been charged with a criminal offense after allegedly putting her one-month-old son in an oven instead of a bed, causing his death.
Reports from the United States say that the woman, identified as Mariah Thomas, put her newborn baby in the oven early last week. Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced in a press release Saturday that police found the child on Friday after receiving a 911 call reporting the infant not breathing.
Upon arrival, officers are said to have discovered the child suffering from burns. Officers were told that Mariah was putting his baby down for a nap and accidentally put him in the oven instead of the crib. The Kansas City Fire Department, which also arrived at the scene, pronounced the child dead at the scene.
“The victim was found in the living room lying on the car seat, near the front door. He had suffered heat injuries on various parts of his body,” the police report read.
It further read, “She was wearing a bodysuit over a diaper. The cloth appeared to have melted into the diaper, and was very dirty, possibly burned on the backside. Baby blanket with large burn marks.” Before the police arrived, they said in their statement that the child’s grandfather returned home and was smelling smoke in the house. Later he found the child dead in his bed. Thomas reportedly said that he put her in the oven by accident.
According to the prosecutor, Mariah now faces a dangerous mistake charge of endangering the life of a Child in the first level. If convicted, the suspect faces a minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison.