Mother of hot-car death victim fights charges against father


JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The mother of an 8-month-old girl who died in her boyfriend’s hot car in northern Mississippi is asking prosecutors to dismiss charges against the father.

Shanice Caradine filed an affidavit Tuesday in Grenada County Circuit Court making the request. The affidavit described the May 19 death of Shania Rihanna Caradine as a “tragic accident” and a “mistake.”

Twenty-five-year-old Joshua Blunt is scheduled to face trial Aug. 18 in Grenada. Grenada’s city prosecutor had pledged to reduce Blunt’s charge to a misdemeanor after he was initially arrested on a second-degree murder charge, but District Attorney Doug Evans obtained a manslaughter indictment from a grand jury.

Blunt’s lawyer, Carlos Moore, has said Blunt does not plan to accept a plea bargain in the case. Blunt is currently free on bail.

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