Grenada father charged in hot car death released from jail - - Jackson, MS


Grenada father charged in hot car death released from jail

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A Grenada father has been released from jail after he was arrested and charged with murder in the death of his 8-month old daughter.

Last Thursday, his daughter, Shania Rihanna Caradine, died after he told police he accidentally left her in his car while he was at work. 

Joshua Blunt appeared in court on Tuesday and was released from jail on his own recognizance. 

His attorney, Carlos Moore, also asked that Blunt's charge be reduced from second degree murder to culpable negligence. That request was denied by the judge.

His preliminary hearing is set for July 26.

Moore released the statement about Blunt's release:

My client is thrilled to be out of jail and appreciates the city prosecutor for not opposing his motion to be released from jail on his own recognizance. However he is extremely disappointed that the city judge did not heed the same prosecutor's motion to amend and reduce the current charge of second degree murder to culpable negligence. This is unprecedented and shows racism is still in play. How can you release a suspected murderer with no bail if you really believe it was murder? There appears to be a power play. The black city prosecutor vs the white city judge and white district attorney. Right is right and wrong is wrong. Let's stop playing games with a man's freedom. Again, I say the white woman in Madison was not arrested or charged at all. Please continue to pray for my client as he prepares to bury his dearly beloved daughter while still facing a possible life sentence. I will be with him for the duration and will not rest until he is totally free with complete color blind justice. Anything less is unacceptable.

On Thursday, Blunt said he thought he dropped his child off at her grandparent's house before getting to work at 333 Restaurant. It was several hours before the baby was discovered.

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.

Moore is claiming that his client's arrest was racially motivated.

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

2-year-old Caroline Bryant died after her mother, Amy Bryant, said she accidentally left her in the car all day while she was at work, thinking she had dropped her off at a nearby daycare.

The mother in this case was not arrested.

Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest said his office plans to present her case to a grand jury in a few months.

Guest said the most likely charge that could come against her is culpable negligence manslaughter.

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