A nineteen-year-old man has been charged with capital murder in connection with the death of his two month old son.


At around 1:40 a.m. Ozark police officers, emergency personnel and Dale County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call about an unresponsive child. Authorities arrived at the 100 block of Claybank Ave. and found the two-month-old child unresponsive.

“During the course of the investigation authorities discovered some suspicious circumstances and conducted several interviews,” said Marlos Walker, Ozark Chief of Police.

Hours after the infant was found deceased, Jaylin Jamal Toles was arrested at a home on Claybank Street.

Several neighbors did not want to go on camera but  say they knew both  parents and while there is no official record of domestic abuse, some have concerns after alleged fighting they’ve heard in the home and  are heartbroken anyone would hurt a two month old child.

“This is tragic, you know, I just can’t explain it, it’s a feeling. I haven’t been right all weekend long,” said neighbor Charles Thomas.

Thomas knew the family well and says he doesn’t know if he will ever be able to get over what happened near his home.

“I use to hold the baby, cute little boy, his name was Jaylin, hold him everyday, near about everyday, God knows I can’t. It’s just heartbreaking,” expressed Thomas. 

“It’s tough for not just the family, even friends of the family, even neighbors but also the personnel,  the emergency personnel that were working these cases, a lot of them are struggling with dealing with this type of case,” said Walker.

Thomas saw the father hours before the incident and said he didn’t seem his usual self.

“I saw him earlier that day the one time he came and got his dog out of the yard, he grabbed his dog out of the yard like he was mad or something. I spoke to him but he that day he wouldn’t speak to me like something was just running all over him,” said Thomas.

The cause of death has not yet been confirmed but multiple sources familiar with the case say blunt force trauma appears likely and many neighbors want justice for the young child.

“He get what he deserves, even though I liked him all and stuff, that baby wasn’t bothering nobody.
That baby was the most humble baby, he didn’t have to do what he did but he did it anyway,” said Thomas.


Alabama allows capital murder charges in cases when the victim is under 14. If convicted, Toles could receive the death penalty.