Mariah Thomas is a woman from Kansas City Missouri who faces a host of charges after placing her one month old daughter in the oven
According to police reports officers were called to a Kansas City home due to a one month old girl who was unresponsive. When officers arrived they would find one month old Za’Riah Mae dead with burn marks on her tiny body
Mariah Thomas would tell police that she accidentally placed the infant into the oven thinking it was her crib. Za’Riah Mae clothing was burned into her skin and her diaper had melted
Mariah Thomas would be arrested and now faces charges of endangering the welfare of a child
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Prosecutors have charged a Kansas City mother with endangering the welfare of a child after she told police that she mistakenly placed her 1-month-old baby in an oven instead of her crib, according to court documents filed Saturday.
The charge against Mariah Thomas is a Class A felony, prosecutors said Saturday. Her child was declared dead Friday afternoon after emergency workers descended on a home in the 4100 block of Forest Avenue in the Manheim Park neighborhood.
The infant had burn marks on her body and melted clothing, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in support of the criminal charge. In a statement Saturday, Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said she appreciated the first responders and the prosecutors who rushed to the scene where the child was found.
“We acknowledge the gruesome nature of this tragedy and our hearts are weighted by the loss of this precious life,” Baker said. “We trust the criminal justice system to respond appropriately to these awful circumstances.”
Kansas City police responded to the Manheim Park residence at 1:24 p.m. Friday on a report of an infant that was not breathing. According to the police affidavit, the baby lay in a car seat inside the living room near the front door. Officers observed apparent burn wounds on the baby’s body, the affidavit said, and the Kansas City Fire Department declared the child dead at the scene.
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A mother has been charged for allegedly placing a 1-month-old baby in an oven, leading to the child’s death.
The woman told family members she accidentally placed the infant in the oven rather than her crib, according to court documents.
Mariah Thomas is charged with endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree, leading to the death of a child, a class A felony.
“We appreciate all first responders who worked this scene and the prosecutors who went to the scene in order to issue these charges,” Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said in a written statement. “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.”
Officers with the Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department responded to a home in the 4100 block of Forest Avenue on a report of an infant not breathing.
Police and EMS located an individual holding the 1-month-old baby, who was unresponsive and had burn wounds on her body. The infant was declared deceased at the scene.
The grandfather of the infant told KCPD detectives that he received a call from Thomas around 1 p.m. Friday, who told him that “something was wrong with the baby and that he needed to return home immediately,” according to court documents.
Once he returned home, the grandfather reported smelling smoke inside the residence and allegedly found the infant deceased inside of her crib.
He told detectives that Thomas told him that she thought she put the child in her crib but “accidentally put her in the oven,” per court records.
The grandmother of the infant reported that she received a similar phone call around 1 p.m. from Thomas, who yelled “hysterically” on the phone.
Mariah Thomas and the infant lived with her parents at the residence.
Thomas was taken into custody and reportedly consented for detectives to access her phone data and obtain a blood draw.
Those found guilty of a class A felony are subject to a prison sentence of 10-30 years.