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01 December 2017, 11:49 | Justin Tyler
Couple accused of cooking their four-month-old baby in microwave
A Park Hills, Mo., couple has been charged with abuse of their infant, including possibly dropping the baby while trying to imitate a TV commercial and zapping the baby in a microwave, court documents say.
Back in April, Derick and Mikala's baby boy was treated at a St. Louis hospital for facial burns.
Derick and Mikala Boyce-Slezak, and 22, Park Hills, were sentenced to imprisonment on Tuesday and have to deposit $ 500,000. The infant was also suffering from a skull fracture and a subdural hematoma, a head injury that can cause swelling on the brain. While at the hospital, medical staff determined the rash on the boy's face was actually a second-degree burn, according to court documents.
Mikala pleaded the fifth at the hearing and Derick didn't testify.
Additional testimony also revealed that the infant had another fracture that was later found, reported the Daily Journal.
During a court proceeding on November 27, Mikala Boyce-Slezak told investigators that someone accidentally cleaned her son's face with a towel that contained a bleach-type disinfectant, according to the probable cause statement.
According to the prosecutor of St Francois County, Mikala said that someone had wiped the infant's face with a towel clothed with a substance that looks like bleach. Derick Boyce-Slezak, meanwhile, did not testify.
The Children's Division employee also stated that Mikala believed Derick had placed the infant in a microwave and turned it on for a "short period of time".
A social worker with the Children's Division of the Missouri Department of Social Services said at a hearing Monday that the woman blamed the head wounds on the father for dropping the baby while imitating a television commercial. According to the records of the court, the couple were the parents of a girl, for whom their custody was removed shortly after his birth in January 2016.
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