Bolivar County, MS, Sheriff Kelvin Williams told WMC the grandmother, 48-year-old Carolyn Jones, has been charged in the child's death.
Police were called Monday night to a home on Martin Luther King Drive in the small city of Shaw, Williams said. Officials will work to determine if the toddler was dead before or after being placed in the oven, according to WTVA. Jones is charged with first-degree murder and is being held on a $500,000 bond. The body has been sent for an autopsy.
"I've been doing law enforcement for 25 or 26 years now", Williams told The Associated Press.
The baby, identified as 20-month-old Royalty Marie Floyd, was found dead on Monday night by a relative who then called the police. It was unclear late Tuesday if she has a lawyer who could speak for her. "I mean, if they didn't want her why keep her?" said neighbor Tomorrow Williams.
Williams said that he wasn't yet certain whether mental illness was a factor in the case. "The hardest part.is to see a child victim".More news: Donald Trump Asks "Who Cares?" About Elizabeth Warren’s DNA; Trevor Noah Answers
'Dark days such as these can only be brightened when justice is served'. "I've been from St. Louis to here and some of the most horrific scenes that I've seen in law enforcement involve children", Williams said. The hardest part.is to see a child victim'.
And many were disturbed that such a gruesome death could happen to a child.
Robinson pleaded guilty to the murder and received a sentence of life in prison.
Terri Robinson, now 32, was sentenced to life in prison for the oven murder of Tristan Robinson. Washington County Coroner Methel Johnson said an autopsy found Robinson had died from heat injuries sustained in an electric oven.