Mother accused of killing infant and leaving it in motel room freezer seeks bond reduction
A Houston County judge had set the bond amount on the manslaughter charge at $250,000, while Amanda Gail Oakes also has a $150,000 bond set on the abuse of a corpse charge.
A 36-year-old woman accused of leaving her dead infant in the freezer of a motel room in Dothan, Alabama is reportedly seeking a reduction in her bond amount. The woman, identified as Amanda Gail Oakes, has been charged with one count of manslaughter and one count of abuse of a corpse.
Houston County Judge Benjamin Lewis, in June, had set the bond amount on the manslaughter charge at $250,000, while Oakes also has a $150,000 bond set on the abuse of a corpse charge, according to Donathan Eagle. Reports state that another person, 28-year-old Carlton James Mathis, of Gainesville, Georgia was also charged in connection with the infant's death.
Defense attorney Tilden J. Haywood said: "My client has been in jail a long time. She recently completed her time ordered at the Haven, and I hope the judge will lower her bond amounts.” Haywood added that Oakes has not been indicted by the grand jury till now and she has not been able to meet the current bond amount.
"My client would like a bond amount that is feasible, so she can be with her family in Georgia during the holidays,” Haywood said.
After an investigation into the case, it was found that Mathis and Oakes left Georgia with the infant in May after authorities tried to arrest Mathis on parole violation charges and burglary.
The couple checked into a motel in Dotham as Oakes left the infant briefly with Mathis and returned to Georgia to pick up her teenage daughter. When Oakes was traveling back to Dotham, Mathis telephoned her and said that the infant was dead. Reports state Oakes and her teenager daughter returned to the Dothan motel the next day and spent the night with the corpse of the child.
Authorities later said that the couple eventually left the infant's body in the motel room's freezer and went shopping at Wal-Mart before heading to Florida.
The investigators with the Hall County Sheriff’s Department eventually contacted Donathan Police in connection with a possible infant death, indicating that the couple could be in the region with the dead infant.
Reports state that law enforcement closed in on the couple later as they attempted to leave an apartment complex in Bronson, Florida.
Mathis was reportedly shot four times by a SWAT Team member and was later apprehended.