Thedenverchannel: A five-month-old baby burned to death in Iowa after being placed on top of a cooking stove that accidentally switched on. Now, investigators have determined that no charges will be filed in the case.
The August 2009 fire killed a 5-month-old boy Chase Edward Finch.
The boy was asleep in his car seat when he was placed on top of the electric stove's glass top surface, according to a friend of the boy's mother.
Police said witnesses claimed the stove top was the only place in the home where the baby was out of the reach of a dog in the house.
"The evidence and information from the investigation are consistent with the death of Chase Edward Finch being the result of an unfortunate accident," read the investigation report.
"Jason looked up at the window and saw that the blind had fell. We kind thought the dog had did it or something, and then I saw it had completely fell, and I'm like, 'Oh my God,'" said Avila
"Jason bolted toward the door, went inside and when he came back out, the smoke just came rolling out.
"He was freaking out, saying, 'The baby! The baby! The baby! There's fire! The baby's on fire!"'
Newton police said agents from the state fire marshal's office and Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation conducted the investigation.
The recreation of the fire revealed that the rocking car seat could flip a switch, turning a stove top burner on. In a recreation, investigators found the plastic car seat took only five minutes to become completely engulfed in flames.