An Oklahoma couple will spend time in prison after they were so high on drugs they couldn’t manage to take their infant to an emergency room after the baby suffered second-degree burns.
Oklahoma’s News4 reports that a teen cousin of 2-week-old infant girl, Mia’Kota Eddy, burned the baby severely last Dec. after giving the infant a bath in scorching hot water. Court documents read the “infant was in the sink under the running water and she said she turned off what she thought was the hot water however she accidentally turned off the cold water.”
The teen’s mother called the infant’s parents, 26-year-old Candace Matthews and 25-year-old Patrick Eddy and informed them the baby was injured. The parents picked up the baby and took back to their home in Ada, but when a family member checked on Mia the following day, they found her screaming and crying.
“(The woman) stated on arrival she observed the infant to be in a bed crying, and she stated the infant’s diaper was full of urine and feces,” a court affidavit read. “(The woman) stated (Eddy and Matthews) were asleep in a bed next to the infant. (The woman) stated she then observed the burn on the infant’s stomach, and she stated the injury looked ‘awful.'”
The family member immediately picked up the baby and took her to a local hospital. Mia was later transferred to an Oklahoma City hospital for treatment of severe burns on 40% of her body.
When authorities questioned Eddy and Matthews, they admitted they were high on meth and didn’t realize how injured Mia was. They were still asleep when detectives came to their home to question them. Eddy and Matthews said they had no idea their baby had been flown to an Oklahoma City hospital.
Mia survived the ordeal and remains in state custody.
Eddy and Matthews were sentenced to 10 years in prison for child neglect.
[Feature Photo: Candace Matthews and Patrick Eddy/ Police Handout]