In Houston, Texas, J`zyra Thompson, 19-month has died by the hands of her two, 3-year old siblings after she was locked in an oven which they turned on. According to the Texas Child Protective Services (CPS), after interviewing the siblings, it was determined that they watched as the child cried and repeatedly kicked the oven door. The over was in the ‘hot’ position. No charges have been filed at this time and yet I cannot help but wonder why the mother and her boyfriend have not been charged? Racquel Thompson and her boyfriend left the children home alone while they went on a prescription and food run to Domino’s Pizza and Walgreen’s Pharmacy. The children are in foster care at this time. Raquel said she tried to resuscitate her baby when she got home but was unsuccessful. Reportedly, Frederick Prince, the father of the 3-year old kids has not been in their life for months. He said he could be the baby’s father as well but he never took a paternity test and Racquel has been dodging his calls for months. The children’ grandmother also lives in the same apartment complex but was never asked to watch the children or that the mother and boyfriend were leaving the kids alone. I cannot help but wonder if the mother and boyfriend were responsible for murdering the child and then left the blame on the siblings thinking they are too young to get charged for the crime.
What type of punishment should Racquel Thompson and her boyfriend receive? In an attempt to profile the type of mindset that a person would take in putting aside all morals and basic humanity to take the life of a child in such a horrific manner literally took my brain and emotions in a tailspin. I could not believe how many similar cases existed. For over a decade, I have profiled sex offenders, sociopaths and psychopaths who have abused and killed animals, sexually assaulted children and other adults, gone on school shooting rampages, and many more disturbing incidents and yet, up until now, I thought that nothing could ever be more mentally disturbing than for a person to literally commit such sinister cruelty to a child by cooking them to death.
- 2011, Ka Young, 29, willfully put her 6 week old daughter, Mirabelle Thao-Lo, in the microwave. Police had no motive and Young offered none other than the child was having a crying spell. Young claimed he had a seizure at the time and had no idea what occurred. She was charged for murder and assault resulting in the death of a child.
- 2008: Joshua Mauldin, willfully put his 2-month old daughter in a hotel microwave for 20 seconds. She survived with 2nd and 3rd degree burns to her face, hand and shoulders. She required skin grafts and part of her left ear had to be amputated. Maudlin pleaded not guilty by reason of temporary insanity. Dr. Michael Fuller, the psychiatrist who evaluated Mauldin concluded that he was not insane and would not benefit from psychiatric treatment instead of imprisonment. He was sentenced to 25-years in prison.
- 2005: China P. Arnold, 25, willfully put her 28 day daughter, Paris, in the microwave for about 2 minutes. The corner believed the child was dead before Arnold removed her from the microwave. Apparently, Arnold and her boyfriend were arguing over the child’s paternity and as a result, China put her in the microwave. She was also intoxicated at the time. The next day (yes; she waited about 24 hours), China took her daughter to the hospital where she was pronounced dead as the result of her injuries. In 2000, she was convicted of kidnapping and in 2002, she was convicted of forgery. During her trial, China claimed that she pulled her daughter’s lifeless body out of the microwave after a neighbor’s boy committed the act. She was later convicted of aggravated murder. She was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
- 1999: Elizabeth R. Otte, 20, willfully put her infant, Joseph L. Martinez in the oven for about 10 minutes. Charged with 1st Degree Murder, she plead to involuntary manslaughter because she felt no guilt because if she did then she would have admitted to murder. Otte claimed she had no memory of the incident because she suffered from epilepsy and her seizures led to blackouts up to an average of 50 minutes. The corner reported that the child’s blood reached 106 degrees. She was sentenced to 5-years in prison followed by a 20-year probation.