Mother of baby found dead in freezer charged with manslaughter

Police in Alabama have charged the mother of a six-month-old baby with manslaughter after he was found in a freezer at a hotel.

According to Dothan police, Amanda Oakes faces the manslaughter charge in addition to a previous charge of abuse of a corpse.

The baby's father and Oakes' boyfriend, Carlton Mathis, 28, was shot by an Alachua County SWAT officer back on June 4th, after Georgia authorities notified law enforcement he was in Levy County and was wanted for his part in his son's murder in Alabama.

Mathis was shot while trying to escape from police in a red car. Authorities say he was armed with a handgun and pointing it at the driver trying to escape. SWAT took immediate action and shot him. Three other people were in the car with Mathis, including Oakes, Otis Johnson, and a 14-year-old. Drugs were also found in that car.

On Wednesday, June 6th, multiple law enforcement agencies served a search warrant at the home of Otis Johnson, 40, in Bronson where Mathis and Oakes were staying.

Investigators said the pair left something inside the home. Deputies found meth, a loaded gun, ammo, drug pipes, and Xanax. Johnson was then arrested for possession of a weapon and ammunition by a convicted felon, trafficking in methamphetamines, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia.

An autopsy will be done on the baby's body to determine the exact cause of death. Investigators believe the baby died before being put in a freezer at In Town Suites, a hotel in Dothan, AL. They also believe the baby was in the freezer for 5-6 days before being discovered.