The grandmother of a toddler who was found stabbed and baked in an oven has been charged with first-degree murder.
"The only time they would come out is if they need some help, but other than that, they didn't fool with nobody", the neighbor said.
The girl's body has been sent to the state Crime Lab for an autopsy.
Bolivar County, MS, Sheriff Kelvin Williams told WMC the grandmother, 48-year-old Carolyn Jones, has been charged in the child's death.
Williams said deputies detained the grandmother for questioning and had held her overnight. Officials will work to determine if the toddler was dead before or after being placed in the oven, according to WTVA.
Mississippi Department of Public Safety spokesman Warren Strain said officials are still investigating the girl's cause of death, as well as when the girl may have died. 'This is one of the most frightful things I've seen in doing law enforcement.
Williams said Jones' brother found the body Monday night and called police in Shaw, a town of about 2,000 people approximately 100 miles (160 kilometres) northwest of Jackson.
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The woman has appeared in court and was given a $500,000 bond. "The hardest part ... is to see a child victim".
Williams said a relative found the girl.
Emergency dispatchers received the call after 7 p.m. on Monday, Sheriff Kelvin Williams said.
Authorities were less clear on what led up to the death.
The infant has been identified as a 20-month-old girl. Williams said those toys had belonged to the child.
"All I know is that my mother stabbed my daughter and put her in the oven and cooked her", she said.
In 2012, a woman in Greenville, about 20 miles from Shaw, pleaded guilty to cooking her 3-year-old son to death in an oven.