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Sheriff: Baby girl was stabbed, burned in oven in Mississippi; Grandmother charged

SHAW, Miss. — A woman is in custody after authorities say a little girl was stabbed, then placed in a hot oven in a home in Shaw, Mississippi.

The girl's grandmother, 48-year-old Carolyn Jones, has been charged with first-degree murder, Bolivar County Sheriff Kevin Williams said. Her bond has been set at $500,000.

Williams said a family member of the girl found her body and called police to the Shaw home on Martin Luther King Drive around 7 p.m. Monday. Police said they called in Bolivar County deputies when they found the 20-month-old girl dead in the heated oven. He said the girl lived in the home, though they'd never responded to the address for any past criminal incidents.

“While the official cause of death is still under investigation, authorities have reason to believe the child was stabbed and burned,” Williams said.

The body has been sent to the state crime lab in Jackson for an autopsy, Williams said.

Neighbors like Earlean Carter came outside when blue lights surrounded the home Monday night.

“It just shocked everybody,” Carter said. “I thought the house was empty. I didn’t know no one lived there."

Crime scene tape and children's toys littered the front yard of the house Tuesday as investigators with the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation took photos and searched the yard for evidence.

Many in the small town said they were shocked and upset.

"How can you do a child like that? They're innocent," Wesley Nichols said.

“It’s hurtful. I don’t like talking about stuff like that," one woman said.

“My condolences goes out to the family. I am hoping and trusting in the lord that everybody get through it," Carter said.