A 20-month-old girl found stabbed inside an oven in a Mississippi home was alive when she was allegedly placed inside by her grandmother, according to a coroner’s report.
The autopsy report, obtained by The Bolivar Commercial, found that Royalty Marie Floyd died “from sharp stab wounds and inhaling the heated air” inside an oven at the home of her 48-year-old grandmother, Carolyn Jones.
The preliminary findings were supplied to the newspaper by a deputy coroner who declined to identify himself, but deputy coroner Murray Roark has confirmed the details to The Post.
The girl’s body was found at the home – roughly 100 miles northwest of Jackson — by Jones’ brother, who then called police. Bolivar County Sheriff Kevin Williams said Jones was later charged with first-degree murder in the girl’s death. Williams told The Associated Press the killing was “one of the most horrible things” he had experienced in a quarter-century of law enforcement.
Williams declined to indicate during a press conference whether mental illness appeared to be a factor in the crime, saying investigators were “limited” on what they could release publicly.
The little girl’s mother, Veronica Shant’e Jones, did not live at the home, but spoke out on social media about the allegations on Oct. 16, the same day her mother was criminally charged.
“Royalty Marie Floyd was the best thing that ever happened to me,” Veronica Jones wrote in a since-deleted post on Facebook. “She’s my one and only daughter. My first love. The hardest thing that I ever had to go through in my life. My heart has been ripped from my chest.”
Veronica Jones also insisted that her mother loved her daughter.
“She always treated Royalty like royalty and everybody that knows us knows that,” Jones wrote. “To my daughter Royalty, ‘Mommy will always love you and you will live in all our hearts forever.’”
A GoFundMe page set up to help offset the girl’s funeral costs has exceeded $4,200.
Dozens of mourners held a vigil in honor of the girl on Monday in front of the Bolivar County Courthouse, where people “shared lots of songs [and] lots of prayers” in her memory, WMC-TV reports.
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