Mother, boyfriend charged in death of toddler burned alive in oven by siblings

A Houston mother and her boyfriend have been charged in connection with the death of her 19-month-old daughter, who was burned alive in an oven when she and her three young siblings were left home alone.

Racqual Thompson, 25, and Cornell Malone, 21, are each facing four counts of endangering a child after J’zyra Thompson was put in the oven by one of her siblings while they went out to get pizza

Both remain jailed on Tuesday, each with bonds totaling $36,000, after their arrests Tuesday morning. Court records didn’t list attorneys for the pair.

KTRK-TV reported last week that according to court records, J’zyra Thompson’s two three-year-old siblings told Child Protective Services that one of them put J’zyra inside the oven and that they made the oven ‘hot.’

According to court records prosecutors filed Monday, Thompson told investigators that on the evening of November 16, she had left her four children, including a five-year-old, alone in their apartment for about 30 minutes to pick up Malone from work.

Later that night, Thompson and Malone again left the children alone after putting them to bed to go get some pizza and visit Malone’s brother. The couple was gone for about two hours.

‘Mr. Malone stated that when they returned and went into the apartment, he could ‘smell something burning,” according to a probable cause affidavit.

Thompson and Malone told police they found the three other children crying and pointing to the kitchen. In the kitchen, the oven had tipped over, with the oven’s door face down on the floor, with J’zyra apparently inside, according to the affidavit.

Source: DailyMail

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