A 26-year-old mother, Mariah Thomas, has been accused of endangering the welfare of a child after her newborn baby was tragically found dead in an oven.
According to an arrest warrant, Mariah mistook the oven for a crib and placed her one-month-old child, Za’Riah Mae inside.
The baby girl was found with burn wounds at their Kansas City, Missouri, home.
The police were called to the scene where they discovered the child not breathing and covered in burns.
The arrest warrant reveals that the baby’s clothes were charred and burnt into her nappy, and there was a smell of smoke in the house.
A close friend of Thomas, speaking to DailyMail, described Za’Riah as a joyful baby, always wearing a smile. However, she hinted at possible mental health issues plaguing Thomas, suggesting they might have contributed to the horrific event.
According to Za’Riah’s grandfather, he received an alarming call from Thomas urging him to return home immediately due to an emergency concerning the baby. Upon his return, a horrifying sight awaited him – Za’Riah, lifeless in her crib, allegedly placed there by Thomas in a tragic accident involving an oven.
Subsequent investigations revealed Za’Riah’s body in a car seat, marred by apparent thermal injuries. Her clothing was melted onto her skin, and a charred baby blanket was recovered as evidence.
Thomas, despite initially invoking her Fifth Amendment rights, consented to authorities obtaining a blood sample and accessing her phone records during interrogation.
Contrary to her portrayal as a devoted mother on social media, Thomas had previously expressed feelings of neglect, lamenting the lack of support for both her and Za’Riah.
Currently incarcerated at the Jackson County Detention Center, Thomas awaits trial as the community grapples with the unthinkable tragedy that has shattered lives.