Mom places toddler in oven while on meth, alcohol, possibly marijuana and K2
A mother who placed her toddler in a heated oven was found to be under the influence of alcohol and methamphetamine, tested positive for marijuana, and possibly consumed K2. She also demonstrated erratic, sexualized behavior.
Tasha Hatcher’s 2-year-old child suffered second- and third-degree burns.
According to a Child Protective Services petition to remove the child from the mother’s custody, Hatcher was under the influence of marijuana, alcohol, and possibly a synthetic drug, like K2 or spice, the day she placed her nude toddler in the oven. Authorities say the child suffered burns to her back, torso, legs, and buttocks.
In an affidavit, the deputy who responded the night of the injury said authorities were called by a neighbor who told them Hatcher appeared nude at their door with her daughter. The child was also nude and had apparent burn marks across her body.
Upon his arrival, the deputy said Hatcher made sexual references and “kept singing to God and giving praise to him.” The deputy said the woman then masturbated in front of him, and claimed she shot a cat and then placed it, and then her child, into an oven.
A CPS worker who met with Hatcher the following day at the Somervell County Jail in Glen Rose said the mother continued to act incoherent. When asked about her action’s the previous night, Hatcher responded, “curiosity killed the cat,” the CPS employee reported.
“Ask me questions and I will lie to you,” she responded when asked what she meant.
According to documents, Hatcher was previously involved in an Amber Alert when in 2008 she allegedly kidnapped her other child, who is in the care of his father. Hatcher also has a criminal history that includes possession of marijuana, driving while intoxicated, and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
She also has a history with CPS that includes allegations that she left her son at a 24-hour daycare for more than 31 hours. Employees at the daycare told case workers she appeared to be drunk in other instances when she picked up her child from the center.
In the report, the CPS employee recommended the child stay in their custody due to the toddler’s injuries and drug use by both parents of the toddler.
*Editors Note: This story originally ran without mentioning that Hatcher was on meth at the time. There is also no indication that she was under the influence of marijuana, though she did test positive for it.