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Father charged with second degree murder in death of baby left in car

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GRENADA, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A father has been arrested and charged in the death of his baby after he left her in a car on Thursday afternoon, leaving the community and even the police department shocked and sadden 

This is the second time this has happened in Mississippi in just two weeks. 

Grenada Deputy Coroner Jo Morman confirmed the death of 8-month-old Shania Rihanna Caradine after she was found inside of a car in the parking lot of 333 Restaurant in Grenada.

The coroner was called to the scene just before 4 pm on Thursday afternoon.

Police said her father, Joshua Lewis Blunt, left Shania inside the car. He said he went into work for a period of time and forgot the child was in the car.

The baby was taken to University of Mississippi Medical Center where the hospital staff tried to save her life, but she died in the hospital.

Her body has been sent to the State Crime Lab for an autopsy.

Blunt has been charged with second degree murder. He is in the Grenada County Jail on a $250,000 bond.

Coworkers of Blunt paused daily business at the restaurant to hold a prayer vigil at the place where Blunt's child was left in the car.

"It was a parked car. Windows were up," said Joe Morman. "She was discovered by her father and some coworkers."

News of the baby's death has rocked the Grenada community. 

"That is terrifying, but I wouldn't put my kids in no situation like that," said a Grenada resident.

Rhonda Hubbard is a friend of the family and says it's hard to believe the father would do something like this. 

"My initial reaction is very shocked, very devastating, but it can happen," said Hubbard.

This is the second child to die in a hot car in just a few weeks in our state.

Last week, a mother accidentally forgot her 2-year-old was in her car in Madison County.

But while the father in this case was arrested and charged, the mother in Madison County was not, leaving many to wonder if the arrest in Grenada was racially motivated. 

"Most certainly not. This police department doesn't investigate cases based on race or gender or religious," said Major George Douglas with the Grenada Police Department. "We just investigate the facts, that I am not at liberty to discuss at the moment, that lead us to this point."

Douglas also points out that every investigation is different, so comparing won't work in this case. But he admits both are tragedies. 

"It's never good to leave a child unattended in a car. Children don't need to be left unattended anytime."

The Grenada Police Department has released this statement on the tragedy:

The Grenada Police victim advocate is working to assist the mother , Candice Caradine as well as the father Joshaua Blunt.  The Grenada Police Department is saddened because of this death. The Grenada Police would  like to caution parents to check their vehicles to insure that children are not left inside unattended during the hot summer months

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