Grandmother stabs her one-year-old granddaughter and then bakes her in an oven
48-year-old Carolyn Jones has been charged with first-degree murder and is being held on a $500,000 bond. It is unclear if mental illness of the woman is a factor in the case.
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In what has to be one of the most gruesome crimes in recent times, a Mississippi grandmother was arrested after she killed her toddler granddaughter then baked her inside an oven. 48-year-old Carolyn Jones was taken into custody by the Bolivar County Police Department in Shaw, a small town of just 2,000 people in the Mississippi Delta, and charged with first-degree murder in the child's death.
According to the Daily Mail, the body 20-month-old girl Royalty Marie Floyd was found on Monday night by Jones' brother, who then reported the incident to the police. Deputies who arrived at the residence on Martin Luther King drive found the toddler inside the oven. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Speaking at a press conference, Williams addressed the murder and said, "When deputies arrived on the scene, it was confirmed that a homicide had taken place inside the home." Warren Strain, a spokesman at the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, said that investigators are still unsure of the cause of death. He also said that they were looking into when the girl died.
"The official cause (of death) is still under investigation but authorities have reason to believe that the child was stabbed and burned. The child was found inside of the oven in the residence," said Williams. Royalty's body has been sent to the state crime lab in Pearl for an autopsy and a state pathologist will then determine the timeline of the events that led to her death, namely whether she was dead prior to being placed into the oven or vice versa.
The sheriff also said he was unsure if mental illness would be a factor in the case, adding how the crime scene was incredibly difficult to process. "I have been in law enforcement a long time and one of the hardest things that I have experienced is when you see a child as a victim," he said. "It's trying for us to come upon a scene and see a victim such as this."
Royalty lived with her grandmother, with her mother, Veronica Jones, living elsewhere. But on hearing the news of her daughter's death, Jones set up a GoFundMe page to help raise funds to pay for the toddler's funeral arrangements. A description read, "My daughter would have been 21 months old on October 17, 2018. Royalty was so beautiful & I loved her more than anything in the world."
As of Tuesday morning, police tape still surrounded part of the house, with a stroller, a high chair, and a barrel of toys belonging to Royalty sitting near the curb in front of the house. Jones made her first appearance before a judge on October 16 and had her bond set at $500,000. It is unclear if she's being represented by a lawyer.