19-month-old burned to death in northeast Houston apartment

By Lea Wilson - Digital News Editor

HOUSTON - A 19-month-old girl was found burned to death inside a northeast Houston apartment early Tuesday.

According to homicide detectives with the Houston Police Department, the mother was at work and left her three children with her boyfriend at the Angel Ridge Apartments off the 8600 block of Sterlingshire Street.

During the night, the children were home alone when they started to play with the oven. Emergency crews arrived after midnight, but there was nothing they could do to save the baby, J'zyra Thompson.

"Upon their arrival they found a deceased 1-year-old," said HPD homicide detective Ronda Pemberton. "We found the baby next to the oven. It appears to be accidental." she said.

"She was a sweet baby," said Gina Dennis, the child's grandmother. "This is unexplainable. I have no words," she said.

The other two children are 5 and 4 years old.

The child's mother and her boyfriend were taken in for questioning. It is unknown if any charges will be filed.

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