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Posted on: February 10, 2024

Kansas City mother charged in connection with her 1-month-old child's death

For Immediate Release
Feb.10, 2024


A Kansas City woman has been charged for allegedly placing her child in an oven and causing the death of her 1-month-old child, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.

Mariah Thomas faces the Class A felony of Endangering the Welfare of a Child in the 1st Degree, Death of a Child.*

According to court records filed today, Kansas City police responded to a residence after being dispatched on a report of a non-breathing infant. Responders observed the 1-month-old child with apparent burns. They were told the mother of the child was putting the child down for a nap and accidentally placed the child in the oven instead of the crib.

Prosecutor Baker issued this statement today: 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.

For more information, contact:

Michael Mansur 

Director of Communication 

Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office 

Jean Peters Baker, Prosecutor 

(816) 881-3812 

(816) 674-3954 

mmansur@jacksongov.org 

http://jacksoncountyprosecutor.com 


*Charges are only accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until the defendant is either found guilty or pleads guilty.

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