Toddler stabbed, baked in oven, Mississippi sheriff says; grandmother detained
JACKSON, Miss. – A toddler was stabbed and then put in a heated oven, according to a Mississippi sheriff. The child’s grandmother has been taken into custody.
At a Tuesday press conference, Bolivar County Sheriff Kelvin Williams said his office was called around 7 p.m.CDT on Monday to an address in Shaw, Mississippi, concerning a homicide, the Bolivar Commercial reported.
“A family member came home and saw that something had happened,” Williams said. “They found the child in the oven and called the Shaw Police Department who in turn contacted us to assist in a homicide investigation.”
“At the scene we found a 20-month-old deceased female. The official cause (of death) is still under investigation but authorities have reason to believe that the child was stabbed and burned. The child was found inside of the oven in the residence,” Williams said.
The victims’s grandmother was detained as a person of interest in the case and transported to the Bolivar County Regional Correctional Facility. The grandmother’s name has not been released because she has not been formally charged with a crime.
“The Bolivar County Sheriff’s Office is working in conjunction with the Shaw Police Department, the Bolivar County District Attorney’s office, the Bolivar County Coroner’s office, and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation to collect all the evidence so that we can ensure justice for this innocent victim,” Williams said. “Dark days such as these can only be brightened when justice is served.”
The girl’s body has been sent to the state crime lab for an autopsy. It is not known if the baby died before or after she was put in the oven.
Mississippi had what appears to be a similar case seven years ago. Terrie Robinson, now 33, pleaded guilty to putting her 3-year-old son Tristan in the oven and baking him to death in Washington County on March 2, 2011.
Robinson pleaded guilty to murder and received a sentence of life in prison.
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