Baby dies after mother mistakenly put her in oven

A baby died after her mother mistakenly put her down for a nap in the oven, a US prosecutor has said.

Mariah Thomas of Kansas City, Missouri, has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

Police responded to a report of an infant not breathing on Friday afternoon.

A probable cause statement said responders found the child with apparent burns.

The baby was pronounced dead at the scene.

The statement said responders were told by a witness the mother “put the child down for a nap and accidentally placed her in the oven instead of the crib”.

It did not explain how that mistake was made.

“We acknowledge the gruesome nature of this tragedy and our hearts are weighted by the loss of this precious life,” Jackson County prosecuting attorney Jean Peters Baker said in a statement.

“We trust the criminal justice system to respond appropriately to these awful circumstances.”