Whitehall News

Unstable oven kills boy; mother could be charged

Charges of negligence are possible against a woman whose 4-year-old son was asphyxiated when an unbolted oven fell on top of him last week, Whitehall police said.

Around 2 p.m. last Thursday, Feb. 27, Whitehall medics and police responded to a report of a child who was not breathing at an apartment at 4613 Eastway Court.

Whitehall police identified the boy as 4-year-old Carlos Mullins Jr.

The oven's door had been left open as a means to heat the apartment, Whitehall police said.

"(Mullins) climbed onto the door of the oven and it fell on top of him and suffocated him," Whitehall Sgt. Dan Kelso said, based on the findings of an autopsy by the Franklin County Coroner's Office.

The boy's 25-year-old mother was at the apartment but not present in the room where the death, ruled as accidental, took place, Kelso said.

Police interviewed the woman after the incident.

No charges had been filed as of Monday, March 3.

It is possible charges of negligence will be presented to a Franklin County grand jury, Kelso said.