In a heartbreaking turn of events, a baby girl in the US lost her life after her mother inadvertently placed her in an oven instead of her crib for a nap. The distressing incident unfolded on Friday afternoon in Missouri, leaving authorities and the community in shock.
According to a report by Sky News, police officers in Kansas City responded to a distress call regarding a month-old infant who was not breathing. Upon arriving at the scene, responders were met with a devastating sight – the child, covered in extensive burns, was unresponsive and tragically pronounced dead.
Initial investigations revealed that the baby’s mother, identified as 26-year-old Mariah Thomas, had unintentionally placed her daughter in the oven instead of her crib for a nap. Reports from Daily Express US indicated that the child’s clothing had been charred and fused to her diaper, with the scent of smoke permeating the home. Additionally, a burnt baby blanket was discovered at the scene, further underscoring the severity of the situation.
While details surrounding the tragic error remain unclear, Thomas has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child. The Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office specified that she faces the Class A felony of Endangering the Welfare of a Child in the 1st Degree, Death of a Child.
Acknowledging the gravity of the situation, Jackson County prosecuting attorney Jean Peters Baker expressed condolences for the family’s loss and emphasized the importance of a thorough investigation. She assured that the criminal justice system would respond appropriately to the distressing circumstances surrounding the baby’s death.
Meanwhile, a friend of the mother suggested that Mariah Thomas’ mental health may have played a role in the tragedy. Describing the baby as “very bubbly” and “smiling all the time,” the friend highlighted the devastating impact of the incident on the community.
Currently, Mariah Thomas remains in custody at the Jackson County Detention Center, awaiting further legal proceedings as authorities continue to investigate the heartbreaking loss of the precious young life.
Sources By Agencies