Mother sentenced to 99 years in child’s death

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The mother who left her dead infant’s body in a freezer at the InTown Inn and Suites pleaded guilty on all charges Wednesday.

As part of her guilty plea, Oakes was sentenced to the maximum for every count, leading to a 99-year concurrent sentence.

“She also agreed to possibly testify against the co-defendant should we need her,” District Attorney Pat Jones said.

Little 6-month-old C.J. Oakes accidentally ate methamphetamine Oakes and the child’s father, Carlton James Mathis, took during their stay at the motel and died as a result. The child was under Mathis’ supervision at the time.

Oakes told investigators she placed the infant’s body in the freezer after wrapping him up when the smell became unbearable.

She then offered her daughter, who testified against her, marijuana to deal with her little brother’s death.

“For her daughter to testify against her mother, it was traumatic, and I suspect she probably suffers from some PTSD,” Jones said.

Jones also said the 99-year sentence with a chance of parole would be fair for the case.

Mathis’ trial is expected to begin in September.

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