DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Dothan police discovered a crime scene at the Intown Suites on June 4 that left some locals horrified.
“We recovered the body of a seven-month-old infant from the freezer in the hotel room,” Lt. Lynn Watkins said.
This led to the arrest of Amanda Gail Oakes, 36, but she is now seeking a reduction in her bond amount.
Investigators were told by Amanda that the “baby’s body was placed in the freezer because the smell became unbearable.”
“As a mother, a single mother of 3 kids, I dare wouldn’t do that I would even attempt or think about doing that,” Dothan resident Renee Roberts said.”I have three kids I brought into this world. Whether I’m single or divorced, married, I could never do that to my kids.”
Residents like Roberts are asking why is Oakes seeking a reduction bond and wonder if it is safe for her to spend time with her other children.
“Many times in families where abuse or neglect has occurred, it’s never a safe option for the children to have that parent return to the family,” said Terri Dubose, executive director of Child Advocacy Center.
Oakes is charged with one count of manslaughter and one count of abuse of a corpse. The manslaughter charge bond is set at $250,000 with another $150,000 for the abuse of a corpse.
Oakes told investigators she and Carlton Mathis who was charged as well were under the influence of drugs. A bond hearing has been set for Oakes.