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  • A 30-year-old woman in Georgia attempted to heat her apartment in November 2021 by turning on the oven
  • She discovered her 2-month-old daughter dead upon waking up
  • Child welfare authorities nearly removed the infant from her mother's home prior to the child's death

A Georgia woman used an oven to heat her metro Atlanta apartment, which resulted in the death of her infant nearly a year ago, authorities told a court.

Jasmine Walker, 30, left the oven of her Norcross apartment turned on in November last year as she slept near her 2-month-old daughter, Eden, Channel 2 Action News reported, citing police.

"They were having heating issues in the apartment, so she used the stove to heat the apartment," Detective Angela Carter testified in a Gwinnett County, Georgia, courtroom Wednesday.

Walker reportedly discovered Eden dead upon waking up.

The child was found in layers of clothing and in a car seat while her mother slept on a nearby couch, Carter said. Their apartment was described as "boiling hot."

"There were still areas in the apartment that were reading at approximately 89 degrees. The baby overheated and sweated profusely and ultimately died because of it," Carter said.

Eden's death was ruled a homicide in August.

Walker is currently being held in the Gwinnett County Jail on murder and child cruelty charges.

A judge ruled that she would stay in jail.

Eden's life was filled with challenges from the beginning, investigators said.

She was born with cocaine in her system and spent three weeks in the newborn intensive care unit as a result, according to the report.

The infant had been out of the hospital for about a month when she died.

The Department of Family and Child Services nearly removed Eden from Walker's home prior to the child's death.

However, the mother did not cooperate with staff, according to police.

"They kept saying she was non-compliant, she would not answer the phone, she would not answer the door, and I don't believe she ever took an actual drug test," Carter testified.

A safety plan supposedly stated that Walker was not to be alone with her daughter.

Eden's father was on his way to Alabama when she died. He has not been charged with any crimes.

In a similar incident from last month, an 8-month-old girl in Jacksonville, Florida, died after she was left in a hot car outside her home.

Representation. An empty courtroom. 12019/Pixabay