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Tuesday January 21st, 2020 12:17PM

Hall County woman pleads not guilty after dead baby found in freezer

By The Associated Press

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) A woman has pleaded not guilty to charges related to the death of her 6-month-old son, whose body was found last summer in an Alabama motel room freezer.

The Dothan Eagle reported Monday Amanda Gail Oakes, 36, Murrayville waived arraignment on charges of manslaughter and corpse abuse. Her trial is scheduled to start March 4.

Oakes was charged after the body of her baby, Curtis James Oakes, was discovered at a motel in Dothan. A man who had been traveling with Oakes, 28-year-old Carlton James Mathis of Gainesville, Georgia, was arrested on a murder warrant in June after the body was found.

Authorities say the baby died while being cared for by Mathis. Oakes says they placed her son's body in the freezer when the smell became unbearable. 

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