Police believe the 6-month-old boy found dead in a Dothan, Alabama, hotel room Monday was killed by his father and mother and left in a freezer for five or six days. All three are from Hall County.
Dothan Police said the child is Carlton James Oakes, and the suspects are Carlton James Mathis of Gainesville and Amanda Gail Oakes of Murrayville.
Hall County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Scott Ware said Mathis is a documented member of the Ghost Face Gang. Mathis was previously named a person of interest in an April burglary at a Texaco in North Hall.
Mathis was shot four times by a SWAT officer and is in stable condition in law enforcement custody at a Florida hospital, Dothan Police said. Amanda Oakes is in custody in Levy County, Florida, according to Dothan Police. Murder charges against both are “expected to be filed” in Houston County, Alabama, after an autopsy of the baby.
Dothan Police Lt. Lynn Watkins said autopsy results will hopefully be available Wednesday afternoon, though he emphasized he couldn’t say for sure when they will be ready. Both parents already face charges of abuse of a corpse, Dothan Police said.
Amanda Oakes has a $15,000 bond for the abuse of a corpse charge, though authorities plan to extradite her and Mathis to Dothan. There is also a parole warrant for Mathis out of Hall County.
Dothan Police said they are unaware of any connections they had in Dothan.
Carlton James Oakes’ body was found in a freezer at the In Town Suites on Ross Clark Circle in Dothan on, and “it appears the infant was in the freezer for approximately five or six days,” Dothan Police said. “Information gathered from witnesses indicates that Oakes and Mathis are the persons responsible for placing the child in the freezer.”
The baby’s body was sent to Montgomery, Alabama, for an autopsy.
“It is believed that the child was deceased prior to being placed in the freezer,” Dothan Police said. “However, foul play is suspected in the child’s death.”
Dothan Police said Tuesday the Hall County Sheriff’s Office reached out on Friday about a possible infant death, saying Mathis and Amanda Oakes were possibly in the Dothan area with their son.
The Hall sheriff’s office “received information that the infant was possibly deceased inside of an apartment,” Dothan Police said in a news release
Dothan Police couldn’t figure out where the couple was staying but received information the pair had gone to Florida, and the police said they passed this information to law enforcement in Florida with hopes of making contact with the couple and child.
The man and woman were found at an apartment complex in Bronson, Florida, on Monday, according to multiple law enforcement agencies in Alabama and Florida.
Mathis was shot by a SWAT officer there after Mathis pointed a gun at the driver of a car he was riding in, law enforcement in Alachua County, Florida, said Monday.