A Mississippi woman was charged with murder Tuesday after her 20-month-old granddaughter was found stabbed to death and left burning inside an oven.
Bolivar County Sheriff Kelvin Williams Sr. said 48-year-old Carolyn Jones was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Royalty Marie Floyd, reported the Associated Press.
Williams said Jones’ brother found Floyd’s body Monday night and called police in Shaw. Police then called the sheriff’s office and others for assistance.
Sheriff’s officials said Floyd lived with Jones while Floyd’s mother lived elsewhere.
“I’ve been doing law enforcement for 25 or 26 years now,” Williams 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.”
Spokesman Warren Strain at the Mississippi Department of Public Safety said investigators are still trying to determine the girl’s cause of death, as well as her time of death. Police are still unsure if she died before she was placed in the oven. The child’s body has been sent to the state Crime Lab in Pearl for an autopsy, though Williams said autopsy results were not yet complete on Tuesday.
Jones was arrested when police arrived at the home and held overnight.
“That was the only person who was there with the child at the time,” Williams said.
Authorities said they had no information about the circumstances leading up to the child’s death.
“That’s hard to say,” Williams said. “We don’t know.”
Neighbors said they rarely saw anyone coming in and out of the home where the child was found.
“It’s a baby. It’s an innocent child. She didn’t ask to be here,” neighbor Tomorrow Williams told WMC-TV.
(Photo: Boliver County Sheriff's Office)