This is a very sad news. Really sad.
A toddler burned to death after being placed in an oven by her three older siblings while her mother went out for pizza, it has been claimed.
The body of J’zyra Thompson was found with severe burns by the cooker of her family home in Houston last Monday.
According to court documents, one of her three-year-olds told Child Protective Services (CPS) they put J’Zyra in the oven, while the other one made it “hot”.
They added little J’zyra was ‘kicking the oven door’ as the temperature was turned up, ABC News reported.
Her distraught mother Racquel Thompson tried to perform CPR on her child when she returned, but by then the child was too badly burnt to survive.
Records show Thompson told officials she often left the kids home alone to drive her boyfriend to work at a pizza place.
But officials say the pair had actually gone to Dominos Pizza for takeaway and had stopped at a pharmacy to pick up a prescription on the way back.
Case workers say the couple left the four children home alone without telling a grandmother who lived in the same apartment complex.
The CPS said the three surviving children had been taken into foster care.
Thompson, who is seven months pregnant with her current boyfriend’s child, also has an older child who lives with his father.
Thompson also used to drive the kids without a licence or car seats, it has been claimed.
Fredrick Price, who is the father of at least two of the children said he wished he had been asked to babysit when the mother popped out.
He said: “It’s very irresponsible, someone should have been here or I should have gotten a phone call, come and get my children.”
J’zyra’s grandmother, Gina Dennis, said: “She was a sweet baby. This is unexplainable. I have no words,” reports Click 2 Houston .
A GoFundMe account has been set up to help with the funeral costs.
No charges have yet been brought, against Ms Thompson or her boyfriend, although they are likely to follow.