A Mississippi grandmother has been charged with murder after a 20-month-old baby was found stabbed to death and burned in an oven
A Mississippi grandmother has been arrested after a 20-month-old little girl’s lifeless body was found inside an oven, burnt and stabbed, PEOPLE confirms.
Around 7 p.m. on Monday evening, authorities were called to a residence in the small city of Shaw after a family member made the shocking discovery, Bolivar County Sheriff Kevin Williams said during a press conference Tuesday, WREG reports.
After arriving on the scene, the baby, who authorities believe was stabbed before being placed inside the heated oven, was pronounced dead.
The girl’s grandmother, 48-year-old Carolyn Jones was immediately taken into custody and has now been charged with first-degree murder, the Bolivar County Sheriff’s Department confirmed to PEOPLE. Her bond has been set at $500,000.
It is not clear if the baby was alive when she was put inside the oven.
Williams said “authorities have reason to believe the child was stabbed and burned,” but the baby’s body has been transported to a crime lab to confirm the exact cause of death.
“Dark days such as these can only be brightened when justice has been served,” Williams said.