DOTHAN, Ala. – A woman arrested in connection with the death of her 6-month-old son last summer and leaving him in an Alabama motel room freezer has been indicted.

Amanda Gail Oakes, 36, is charged with manslaughter and abuse of a corpse, the Dothan Eagle reported.

Carlton James Mathis, 28, who was traveling with Oakes and her baby, Curtis James Oakes, was arrested in June after the baby’s body was found.


Amanda Gail Oakesn (L) is charged with manslaughter and abuse of a corpse, authorities say. Carlton James Mathis (R) was arrested in June after the baby’s body was found. (Houston County Jail/Levy County Sheriff’s Office)

Investigators said the boy died while in Mathis’ care, and then Oakes allegedly placed him in a Dothan, Ala., motel room when the smell became unbearable.

The traveling duo and infant ended up in the motel room after fleeing Georgia where police were looking to arrest Mathis on burglary and parole violation charges, according to prosecutors.

Oakes and Mathis checked into the motel room. Afterward, Oakes briefly returned to Georgia to get her teenage daughter. The infant died shortly after she left and the couple placed the boy in the freezer, authorities said.

After Georgia investigators contacted Dothan police about the infant’s possible death, authorities learned the couple fled to Florida.

Florida law enforcement officers found and arrested Mathis. He was shot four times by officers during the arrest after he reportedly held the driver of a vehicle at gunpoint. Investigators discovered the boy in the freezer in Alabama soon after.



Authorities determined he had been in the freezer for five to six days, Fox News reported.

Oakes reportedly told investigators she and Mathis were under the influence of illegal drugs during the chain of events.

Houston County Judge Benjamin Lewis set the bond amount on the manslaughter charge at $250,000; Oakes also has a $150,000 bond set on the abuse of a corpse charge.

Mathis remained in jail on several charges. Oakes’ arrangement is scheduled for Jan. 8.