Houston Couple Charged After 19-Month-Old Girl Dies After Being Placed in Oven by Siblings
Racqual Thompson and Cornell Malone each face four counts of child endangerment
A Houston mom and her boyfriend were charged Monday in the death of the mother’s 19-month-old daughter, who died after being placed in an active oven, PEOPLE confirms.
Racqual Thompson, 25, and Cornell Malone, 21, each face four counts of child endangerment for leaving her four children home alone on the night of Nov. 16, according to charging documents obtained by PEOPLE.
J’zyra Thompson died that night after one of her siblings placed her in the oven and another turned it on. The siblings, who are not being named, told Child Protective Services workers that they could hear J’zyra kicking, according to a report obtained by ABC13.
Thompson, who had left to pick up pizza with Malone and was gone for about two hours, returned home to find J’zyra still trapped inside the oven, the charging documents show. She pulled the toddler out and tried performing CPR, but it was too late. The child died from severe burns.
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Neighbors told KHOU that it was not unusual to see Thompson’s children alone. “With just a Pamper on, no shirt, no shoes or nothing,” Miranda Oneil Johnson, a neighbor, said. “Like, running around. I’m like, ‘Where is the momma or the daddy?’ ”
Thompson’s other three children – two 3-year-olds and a 5-year-old – have been taken into protective custody by CPS following J’zyra’s death.
Thompson and Malone have not yet entered a plea to the charges against them.