Heartbreaking Discovery in Kansas City Home
Mariah Thomas, 26, faces charges of endangering the welfare of a child after the tragic death of her one-month-old daughter, Za’Riah Mae, who was found dead in their Kansas City home.
Authorities were alerted when the infant was discovered with severe burn wounds.
Alleged Oven Mishap and Devastating Scene
According to an arrest warrant, police responded to a call reporting a child not breathing.
Upon arrival, they found Za’Riah covered in burns, with her clothing melted onto her diaper. The distressing scene suggested a harrowing ordeal for the newborn.
Friend’s Perspective on Mental Health
A friend of Mariah Thomas shared that Za’Riah was a ‘very bubbly’ baby, often seen smiling.
The friend suggested that Thomas might have struggled with mental health issues, describing her thought process as childlike. The last conversation with Thomas took place just days before the tragic incident.
Grandfather’s Alarming Call and Shocking Revelation
Za’Riah’s grandfather received a call from Thomas, urging him to return home immediately as something was wrong with the baby.
Upon his return, he discovered the devastating truth: Za’Riah was found dead in her crib. Thomas claimed she had ‘accidentally’ placed the infant in the oven.
Gruesome Details Uncovered by Police
Police found Za’Riah in a car seat inside the home with apparent thermal injuries. Her clothing had melted onto her, and a charred baby blanket was discovered as evidence.
Thomas was transported to police headquarters for questioning, where she invoked her fifth amendment right.
Social Media Persona vs. Tragic Reality
Mariah Thomas presented herself on social media as a loving mother, often referring to Za’Riah as her ‘princess.’
However, a haunting post just weeks before the tragedy revealed Thomas’s feelings of neglect, emphasizing a stark contrast between her public persona and the heartbreaking circumstances.
Legal Proceedings and Detention
Currently held at the Jackson County Detention Center, Mariah Thomas awaits legal proceedings. She has invoked her right to remain silent during questioning but consented to a blood draw and the examination of her phone data.
Grieving Community Mourns the Loss
The Kansas City community mourns the loss of baby Za’Riah Mae, and the shocking details surrounding her death raise questions about the mental health and well-being of Mariah Thomas.
As the investigation unfolds, the tragic incident leaves a lasting impact on all who knew the family.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn