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Autopsy Reveals Baby Was Still Alive When Grandma Allegedly Put Her In Oven

Carolyn Jones has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of her granddaughter, 20-month-old Royalty Marie Floyd, in Shaw, Mississippi. 

A Mississippi toddler was still alive when she was placed in a hot oven after being stabbed, allegedly by her own grandmother, an autopsy has found.

Royalty Marie Floyd, who was just 20 months old, was found dead last week inside an oven in Shaw. Police were called to a home for a possible homicide and they ended up charging Floyd’s grandmother Carolyn Jones, 48, with first-degree murder for Floyd’s death. The child was living with Jones at the time of the murder, police said.

The child's body was sent to the state crime lab and an autopsy conducted there revealed the child was still alive when she was placed in the oven, according to WMC in Memphis Tennessee.  

Neighbors said they rarely saw anyone coming in and out of the home where Floyd died.

An unidentified neighbor told WHBQ that “the only time they would come out is if they need some help, but other than that, they didn’t fool with nobody.”

There is still no word on any possible motive. 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 last week in a press release.

"I've been doing law enforcement for 25 or 26 years now," he told the Associated Press. “This is one of the most horrible things I've seen in doing law enforcement. The hardest part ... is to see a child victim."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

[Photo: Bolivar County Sheriff’s Office]

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