Mother Denied Parole After Broiling Her 14-Month-Old Daughter Alive in a 600-Degree Oven

A woman in Alabama who was sentenced in 2003 to 25 years in jail for putting her 14-month-old daughter in a 600-degree oven has been denied parole this week.

Melissa Wright initially claimed the incident was an accident but she plead guilty. According to WSFA, Wright “removed the racks out of the oven, turned it to broil and waited for it to heat up, and then put her head first into that oven.” When her father heard Smith screaming, he quickly ran to the kitchen.

The 14 month year old child suffered severe third-degree burns and received over 25 reconstructive surgeries after she was pulled from the oven by her father.


The daughter, now 15 years old, against Wright being released from jail early because she believes she might still be a threat to her niece and nephew, who are currently both still very young.

“I honestly do not trust her and I’m afraid for their safety,” she said, according to Us Weekly. “I can’t imagine anybody being in as much pain as I was in… I do not hate Melissa, but I do not love her. I forgave Melissa.”

She will not be eligible for parole again until 2021.

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