A dead 20-month old baby girl from Shaw, Mississippi was found stabbed and burned inside an oven and now the child’s grandmother has been charged with her murder.
On Monday evening, police were called to a home for a possible homicide and when they arrived they said they found the child inside an oven at the residence, according to a press release obtained by Oxygen.com.
“While the official cause of death is still under investigation, authorities have reason to believe the child was stabbed and burned,” police wrote in that release. It’s not clear if the baby was killed before or after being placed in the oven. The child’s body has since been moved to the Mississippi Crime Lab for an autopsy.
Police have identified the victim as Royalty Marie Floyd.
The child’s grandmother, Carolyn Jones, 48, has been charged with first-degree murder for Floyd’s death. The child was living with Jones at the time of the murder, police said. Jones’s bond was set at $500,000.
“Dark days such as these can only be brightened when justice is served,” Bolivar County Sheriff Kelvin Williams said on Tuesday regarding the incident.
Regarding any possible motive for the heinous death, Williams told reporters on Tuesday, "We're trying to figure that out ourselves. We have no idea at this point. Again, we might get some closure once we sit down with the investigator and once they present that to a judge for official charges,” according to NBC News.
The investigation is still ongoing.
An unidentified neighbor told WHBQ in Memphis, Tennessee that they rarely saw the family that lived in the home where the baby was found dead.
“The only time they would come out is if they need some help, but other than that, they didn’t fool with nobody,” the neighbor said.
[Photo: Bolivar County Sheriff’s Office]
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