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Murrayville mother charged with manslaughter in baby’s death
Amanda Gail Oakes and Carlton James Mathis 2018
Amanda Gail Oakes and Carlton James Mathis

A Murrayville woman was charged Monday with manslaughter in the death of her 6-month-old son, who was found dead in a Dothan, Alabama, hotel room freezer a week earlier.

Dothan Police previously charged Amanda Gail Oakes with abuse of a corpse. She is being held without bond in the Houston County Jail in Dothan. The child’s father, Carlton James Mathis, of Gainesville, also faces the abuse of a corpse charge but does not yet face additional charges in connection to the boy’s death.

Mathis was shot four times by a Florida SWAT officer and was in stable condition in law enforcement custody at a Florida hospital, Dothan Police said last week. He was later taken to the Levy County Jail.

The Levy County Sheriff’s Office charged Mathis Thursday with aggravated assault with a firearm with the intent to commit a felony, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, child neglect, possession of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana.

On Monday, Levy County Jail officials said Mathis was being held on a total $1 million bond.

“Mathis will be held at the Levy County Detention Facility until these charges have been answered for in a Levy County Court. He will then be extradited to Alabama to face the homicide charges awaiting him there,” the Levy County Sheriff’s Office said last week.

Carlton James Oakes’ body was found in a freezer June 4 at the In Town Suites on Ross Clark Circle in Dothan, and “it appears the infant was in the freezer for approximately five or six days,” Dothan Police said last week.

“Information gathered from witnesses indicates that Oakes and Mathis are the persons responsible for placing the child in the freezer,” police reported.

Hall County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Scott Ware said Mathis is a documented member of the Ghost Face Gang. Mathis had been named a person of interest in an April burglary at a Texaco in North Hall.

The baby’s body was sent to Montgomery, Alabama, for an autopsy, and Dothan Police Lt. Lynn Watkins said Monday authorities were still waiting for results.

“It is believed that the child was deceased prior to being placed in the freezer,” Dothan Police said last week. “However, foul play is suspected in the child’s death.”

Carlton Oakes’ funeral is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, June 15, in the chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home in Gainesville.

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