Couple charged with abuse after allegedly burning baby in microwave

(St. Francois County)

PARK HILLS, Mo. – A Missouri couple has been charged with abuse stemming from allegations they put a baby in a microwave and then turning it on.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Derick and Mikala Boyce-Slezak were both charged with felony abuse and neglect of a child.

The couple took the baby boy to an emergency room in April for what they said was a rash on his face. The rash ended up being a second-degree burn, with further tests showing the baby had a skull fracture and brain injury.

After originally claiming the burns were caused by a cleaning agent, Mikala told children's services that Derick had put the baby in the microwave for a "short period of time."

Mikala added the head injuries were caused when Derick dropped the boy while imitating a television commercial.

Both the Boyce-Slezak's are being held in jail with bail set at $500,000.