Prosecutors have charged a Kansas City mother for the horrific death of a 1-month-old child.

Mariah Thomas, who faces a Class A felony charge for ‘Endangering the Welfare of a Child in the 1st Degree, Death of a Child,’ allegedly ‘accidentally’ placed her child in the oven instead of the crib.

Her child was declared dead Friday afternoon after emergency crews found the unresponsive infant with burn marks on her body and melted clothing.

KCTV5 reports:

Around 1:30 p.m. on Friday, the Kansas City Police Department was called to a house near 41st Street and Forest Avenue. Upon arrival, crews found an unresponsive child who was declared dead at the scene.

Detectives said the circumstances around the child’s death were suspicious enough to cause concern and they began an investigation.

On Saturday, more information was released by the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office, including charges against the infant’s mother, 25-year-old Mariah Thomas.

Reportedly, first responders at the scene noticed burns on the child, who was not breathing when they arrived. They said Thomas told them that she was putting the child down for a nap but accidentally put the child in the oven instead of the crib.

Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker issued this statement about the incident:

We appreciate all first responders who worked this scene and the prosecutors who went to the scene in order to issue these charges. We acknowledge the gruesome nature of this tragedy and our hearts are weighted by the loss of this precious life. We trust the criminal justice system to respond appropriately to these awful circumstances.”

More details from The Kansas City Star:

In the affidavit, officers said they told detectives that a witness said the mother of the child went to put the infant down for a nap and “accidentally placed her in the oven instead of the crib.” Detectives took statements from a witness who said around 1 p.m. he received a call that something was wrong with the baby and that he needed to return home immediately.

When he returned home, the affidavit said, he could smell smoke inside the house and found the baby dead inside the crib.

According to the affidavit, he picked up the baby and asked what happened. At that time, Thomas allegedly said, “I thought I put (redacted) in her crib and I accidentally put her in the oven.”

The baby had apparent “thermal injuries” on various parts of her body, the probable cause statement said. She was clothed in a “bodysuit” over a diaper and the clothing appeared to have melted to the diaper, police said.

The clothing was “very dirty, possibly burned on the backside,” the affidavit said. A baby blanket with “significant burn marks” was found in the living room.

Corinne Foreman, whose family has lived in the neighborhood for three years, told The Star on Friday that the block is typically a quiet one, packed with children who play outside. She said she heard someone yelling in distress Friday and then the sound of emergency sirens.

“And the next thing you know, I just heard, ‘They’re gone. They’re gone,’” said Foreman, 31, who has been staying with her family members for the past couple months.

She said she suspected the investigation involved a child when she saw a police officer holding a baby carrier.


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