Crime Missouri Couple Allegedly Put 4-Month-Old Son in Microwave, Charged With Child Abuse Derick Boyce-Slezak allegedly turned the microwave on with his baby inside By Chris Harris Chris Harris Twitter Chris Harris has been a senior true crime reporter for PEOPLE since late 2015. An award-winning journalist who has worked for Rolling Stone and MTV News, Chris enjoys prog rock, cycling, Marvel movies, IPAs, and roller coasters. People Editorial Guidelines Published on November 30, 2017 01:05 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Authorities in Missouri have filed child abuse charges against a couple who allegedly placed their infant son in a microwave, PEOPLE confirms. Court records accessed by PEOPLE say Derick Boyce-Slezak and Mikala Boyce-Slezak, both 22, of Park Hills, Missouri, were arrested on Tuesday. They are being held on $500,000 bond and neither has retained an attorney who could comment for them. Neither defendant has entered a plea, according to court filings. The court records allege the baby boy was almost 4-months-old when he was treated at a St. Louis hospital back in April for facial burns. • Want to keep up with the latest crime coverage? Click here to get breaking crime news, ongoing trial coverage and details of intriguing unsolved cases in the True Crime Newsletter. St. Francois District Attorney's Office The baby also had a fractured skull and a subdural hematoma, which caused blood to collect between his brain and skull. According to authorities, Mikala Boyce-Slezak allegedly told a social worker that Derick Boyce-Slezak dropped the child while trying to recreate a television commercial. The couple allegedly told doctors the facial burn was actually a rash caused by a chemical cleaner, the court documents state. • For more compelling True Crime coverage, follow our Crime magazine on Flipboard. But the social worker alleges Mikala Boyce-Slezak told her the child was put in the microwave by her husband, who briefly turned the appliance on. It was unclear Thursday why it took authorities seven months to file charges against the parents. PEOPLE was unable to determine the child’s condition.