Community mourns murdered Mississippi toddler

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(WMC) Officials have released new details in the death of a Shaw, Mississippi 20-month-old toddler. Royalty Marie Floyd was stabbed and placed in a hot oven.

According to the Bolivar County Coroner’s Office, the cause of death was both stabbing and burning. Her grandmother Carolyn Jones is charged with first-degree murder.

A motive has still not been released.

Monday night, family and friends gathered to honor the toddler with a candlelight vigil.

The vigil was held on the Bolivar County Courthouse lawn in Cleveland, Mississippi.

Family, friends, law enforcement and elected officials all gathered to mourn and offer support.

“It has been difficult,” said Bolivar County Sheriff Kelvin Williams. “You’re never ready for this type of thing.”

Sheriff Williams said support is being sent in from the U.S Marshal’s Department to help counsel his deputies if needed.

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