A grandmother faces murder charges in the death of a 20-month-old girl who was found burned in an oven in a Mississippi home. 48-year-old Carolyn Jones was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Royalty Marie Floyd.
Mississippi Department of Public Safety spokesman Warren Strain says police were called Monday night to a home in the town of Shaw.
"I've been doing law enforcement for 25 or 26 years now," Bolivar County Sheriff Kelvin told The Associated Press. "This is one of the most horrible things I've seen in doing law enforcement. The hardest part ... is to see a child victim."
He said authorities had no immediate answers in the death of the woman's granddaughter.
Jones made an initial appearance Tuesday evening before a judge, who set bail at $500,000. Jones remained jailed and it wasn't immediately clear if she had a lawyer who could speak for her.
The child was found inside a beige frame house in the north end of Shaw. Police tape still surrounded part of the house Tuesday morning, while a stroller, a high chair, and a trash barrel of toys including a scooter sat near the curb in front of the house. Williams said those toys had belonged to the child.
Neighbors said they rarely saw anyone coming in and out of the home. Shaw, with 2,000 residents, is about 100 miles northwest of Jackson in Mississippi's Delta region.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.