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Grenada father's murder charge for baby's hot car death dropped

Sarah Fowler, The Clarion-Ledger

Joshua Blunt, 25, center, is escorted out of the Grenada County Jail, by family members after being released from the Grenada County Jail in Grenada, Miss., Tuesday, May 24, 2016.
Joshua Blunt, 25, center, is escorted out of the Grenada County Jail, by family members after being released from the Grenada County Jail in Grenada, Miss., Tuesday, May 24, 2016. Rogelio V. Solis, AP

The second-degree murder charge against the father who left his infant daughter in the car has been dropped, according to his attorney.

Joshua Blunt, 25, of Grenada, was charged with second-degree murder last Thursday in the death of 8-month-old Shania Caradine after he left the infant in a car while he went to work.

Blunt's attorney, Carlos Moore, said Monday that he expected the second-degree murder charge to be reduced to culpable negligence. Grenada city prosecutor Jennifer Adams confirmed that the charged was expected to be reduced.

However, when Blunt appeared in Grenada Municipal Court for his initial appearance Tuesday, the judge refused to reduce the charge, saying he fist wanted input from District Attorney Doug Evans.

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