The mother of a 20-month-old girl who apparently died after being stabbed and placed in a heated oven while in her grandmother’s care said her mother is not a violent person.
Police identified the toddler as Royalty Marie Floyd, WMC-TV reported.
The mother, Veronica Jones, said she started a GoFundMe page to take care of her daughter’s funeral arrangements.
Bolivar County Sheriff Kelvin Williams Sr. said 48-year-old Carolyn Jones was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Royalty in Shaw, Mississippi, The Associated Press reported.
“Royalty was so beautiful and I loved her more than anything in the world,” said Veronica Jones on a GoFundMe page, which has raised more than $1,000 of a $10,000 fundraising goal as of Wednesday evening.
A pathologist will determine whether the girl died before being placed in the oven, according to reports.
“All I know is that my mother stabbed my daughter and put her in the oven and cooked her,” Veronica Jones told WMC-TV. “My mother was not a violent person. She loved Royalty, and she always treated Royalty like royalty. My mom obviously was not herself.”