Mariah Thomas, 26, faces a class A felony charge in the death of her child.
A Kansas City, Mo., mother was arrested and charged in connection with the death of her 1-month-old baby after mistakenly placing him in an oven instead of a crib, the district attorney’s office said.
Mariah Thomas, 26, was charged with a class A felony, first-degree endangering the welfare of a child, in the death of her baby, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean announced Saturday Peters Baker.
“We appreciate all of the first responders who worked this scene and the prosecutors who went to the scene to bring these charges,” Baker said in a news release. “We recognize the horrific nature of this tragedy and our hearts are overwhelmed by the loss of this precious life. We trust the criminal justice system to respond appropriately to these terrible circumstances.”
Officers were dispatched to a residence in the Manheim Park neighborhood of Kansas City around 1:30 p.m. local time Friday, responding to a call about an infant who was not breathing, according to court documents filed Saturday and obtained by ABC News.
Upon arrival, officers observed the small victim had apparent burns, according to court documents. Kansas City firefighters responded and pronounced the 1-month-old baby dead at the scene, according to court documents.
Thomas alleged she was putting the child down for a nap and accidentally placed the child by mistake in the oven instead of the crib, according to court documents.
“I thought I put [infant’s name redacted] in her crib, and I accidentally put her in the oven,” Thomas allegedly told the baby’s grandfather, who gave a statement to police, according to court documents.
Court records do not yet indicate whether Thomas has an attorney representing her.
If convicted, Thomas could face a sentence ranging from 10 years to life in prison, according to Missouri state law.