In a gruesome case of infanticide, authorities said they recently discovered a little girl’s body in an oven in her grandmother’s home in Shaw, Mississippi.
The AP reports police discovered the 20-month-old girl’s body when they were called to the home Monday night. Authorities said they are conducting an autopsy, but the girl’s body appeared to have been stabbed, placed in the oven and then the oven turned on.
WTVA reports Bolivar County Sheriff Kelvin Williams said they have taken the grandmother into custody in connection to the girl’s death. At the time, Williams said they had not filed charges against the grandmother.
He said they are waiting for the results of the autopsy.
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This sickening tragedy could have been prevented. If, soon after her birth, the baby girl’s parents decided they could not care for her, they could have relinquished her at a safe haven. These safe drop-off points help protect newborns from infanticide. However, most laws allow the infant to be relinquished only within the first month of life outside the womb.
Adoption also would have been a loving option. Millions of families are waiting to adopt children across America, and many wait years and spend thousands of dollars to adopt a child.