Coroner Confirms Grandma Who Stuffed Toddler in the Oven Actually Baked Her Alive

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New details have emerged in a harrowing story out of Mississippi. Earlier this month, Carolyn Jones, a 48-year-old grandmother from Shaw, Mississippi, was charged with first-degree murder after her 20-month-old granddaughter, Royalty Marie Floyd, was found to have been stabbed, placed in the oven, and then baked to death. Now, the coroner's report, obtained and published by the newspaper Bolivar Commercial, states that the little girl was alive when she was put in the oven.  

  • The deputy coroner at the Bolivar County coroner's office, who would not give his name, shared the gruesome details. 

    He said Royalty Marie Floyd died "from sharp stab wounds and inhaling the heated air in the oven." 

    The Shaw Police Department said that Jones' brother discovered the horrifying scene and called the police around 7 p.m. October 15.

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  • Prior to the coroner's report, local law enforcement told the public they would be investigating the exact cause and timing of the child's death.

    WLOX previously reported that the girl's body has been sent to the Mississippi state crime lab for an autopsy and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and the state crime lab had been called to investigate. A state pathologist was called to determine if the baby died prior to being placed in the oven. 

    Although the new information confirms that she was alive prior, investigators are still trying to determine exactly when the little girl died.

  • Bolivar County Sheriff Kelvin Williams remarked that some of the most horrific scenes he's seen in his 26-year career "involve children."

    Williams was also asked if mental illness was a factor in the motive of the crime, according to the Daily Mail Online. His response: "We don't know any of that at this time and we are limited on what we can release."

    Jones is still being held on a $500,000 bond.

  • On Monday, community members gathered to honor the baby girl with a vigil in front of the Bolivar County Courthouse.

    Participants "shared lots of songs [and] lots of prayers' in her memory," according to WMC-TV. 

  • And donations continue to roll in to the GoFundMe page set up by Royalty's mother, Veronica Jones.

    The grieving mother wrote on the fundraising site: "I am the mother of Royalty Marie Floyd. My daughter was stabbed and baked in the oven by her grandmother on October 15, 2018 in Shaw, Mississippi. The story is all in the media. 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. I'm starting this gofundme to take care of the funeral arrangements of Royalty Marie Floyd. Anything that is giving will deeply appreciated."