Two three-year-old children who were left at home alone have killed their 19-month-old sister after putting her inside an oven and turning it on.
J’Zyra Thompson was found with severe burns at a house in Houston last week and attempts to resuscitate her failed.
One of the three-year-olds told Child Protective Services (CPS) they put J’Zyra in the oven, while the other one made it “hot”.
Court records state that the baby was kicking the oven door while inside, ABC News reported.
The little girl’s mother, Racquel Thompson, left her four children – all under the age of five – home alone while she and a boyfriend went to Domino’s Pizza to get food and a Walgreens to pick up a prescription, police said.
No charges have been filed, although the CPS said in a court filing that criminal charges were expected.
The agency said the couple left the children alone without telling a grandmother, who lives in the same apartment complex, ABC News reported.
Ms Thompson is reportedly seven months pregnant.
The three surviving children are currently in foster care.