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14 April 2024

Grandmother of girl in oven charged with murder

Toys, a discarded high chair and police evidence tape are part of the trash outside a home on Tuesday, where a 20-month-old girl was found dead inside an oven on Monday evening at the residence, in Shaw. (AP)


A sheriff says a grandmother has been charged with first-degree murder after her 20-month-old granddaughter was found stabbed and burned inside an oven.

Bolivar County Sheriff Kelvin Williams Sr. says 48-year-old Carolyn Jones was charged Tuesday after Royalty Marie Floyd was found dead Monday night at the home they shared in the Mississippi Delta town of Shaw.

Jones is jailed on $500,000 bail. It was unclear late Tuesday if she has a lawyer who could speak for her.

Mississippi Department of Public Safety spokesman Warren Strain says officials are still investigating the cause of the girl’s death, as well as when she died and whether that was before she was placed in the oven. Williams says autopsy results weren’t yet complete Tuesday afternoon.

Williams says the grandmother’s brother found the body on Monday night and called police.