DOTHAN, Al. – A mother who 6-month-old son in a motel room refrigerator after he died of methamphetamine ingestion was sentenced to 99 years in prison.
Amanda Gail Oakes, 36, was sentenced on Wednesday after pleading to a plea deal in exchange for testimony against her then-boyfriend, Carlton James Mathis. She received the sentence for the charges of manslaughter and corpse abuse. Oakes and Mathis according to police, traveled from their Georgia to Alabama with their 6-month-old son to escape the arrest of Mathis who was wanted for burglary and a parole violation.
The two rented a motel room in the City of Dothan. Oakes, according to court documents was heading back home by herself, leaving the infant with Mathis when she received a call. Mathis told her that the baby boy was not breathing and appeared to be deceased. The baby was stuffed in the motel room freezer by Oakes, who said she did so because of the foul odor as the baby’s body decomposed. Oakes, her daughter and Mathis spent the night.
The three left the hotel room on June 4, 2018, and headed to Florida. Authorities received a tip reporting their whereabouts. A search warrant was issued for the Alabama motel room, where the body of the baby boy was found in the freezer. The couple was located in the City of Bronson, Florida, where they attempted to flee, and were only taken into custody following a shootout.
An autopsy done on the deceased baby boy determined that his cause of death was ingestion of methamphetamine. Mathis is facing murder charges and is expected to go to trial in November 2019.
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