Relatives bury Mississippi toddler who died in hot oven

CLARKSDALE, Miss. (AP) — Relatives have buried a 20-month-old Mississippi Delta girl who was stabbed and placed in a hot oven.

WREG-TV reports Royalty Marie Floyd was buried Saturday in Clarksdale.

The girl’s father, John Floyd says he still finds the girl’s death “unbelievable.” Floyd says it still feels unreal. A preliminary autopsy found the toddler was still alive when she was placed in the oven Oct. 15 at a home in Shaw. The autopsy says her death was caused by stab wounds and thermal injuries.

The toddler’s grandmother, 48-year-old Carolyn Jones, is charged with first-degree murder and is jailed in Bolivar County pending $500,000 bail. A public defender has declined comment, saying he’s still learning about the case.

Investigators say they don’t know why Jones might have killed the girl.

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Information from: WREG-TV, http://www.wreg.com/

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