Kansas City woman, charged in infant’s death, appears in court

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City, Missouri woman, charged for allegedly causing the death of her one-month-old child, made her first court appearance on Tuesday.

Mariah Thomas, 26, is charged with endangering the welfare of a child resulting in death.

Kansas City police responded to a house near E. 41st Street and Forest Avenue on Friday, Feb. 9. At the scene first responders noticed the baby was badly burned.

Prosecutors say police were told the mother, Thomas, was putting her child down for a nap and accidently placed the child in the oven instead of the crib.

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This is one of multiple cases in the last two years where a child was killed in Kansas City.

The endangerment charge against Thomas come weeks after Corrine O’Connor was also charged with child endangerment, resulting in the death of her 5-year-old son Grayson O’Connor, who fell to his death from a downtown apartment building.

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“I would encourage our community to be aware of what’s going on around them,” said Natalie Julien, president and CEO of CASA of Johnson and Wyandotte Counties. “If you have a concern about the safety of the child, potential abuse or neglect, you report that to the authorities so that they can investigate and evaluate what’s the best next step for those children who might be under those circumstances.”

CASA of Johnson and Wyandotte Counties works with children in foster care who have experienced neglect and abusive or unsafe situations.

“So if a child has experienced a situation that involves abuse or neglect and they’re removed from their home and placed in foster care, then our Acosta advocates are assigned to those cases,” Julien added. “And then we figure out what’s going on, how we can help and provide resources and support for those children so that they can find safe, loving homes in whatever way that makes sense for them.”

Thomas is being held on a $200,000 cash bond. Conditions of bond are no contact with children, medication compliance and completion of a mental evaluation. She is scheduled to appear in court again on Feb. 20 at 10 a.m. for a bond review hearing.

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