Georgia Man Dies In Jail After 6-Month-Old Son Found In Hotel Freezer

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Carlton James Mathis, who died while awaiting trial for manslaughter.

By Eric Shorey

A father was accused of manslaughter after his baby was found dead inside a hotel freezer. Now, the man has died under mysterious circumstances while in jail. 

The death of Carlton James Mathis, 30, is being investigated by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. Mathis, who hails from Gainesville, Georgia, died Aug. 30 while being held at the Houston County Jail. 

Mathis was discovered unresponsive at around 10 p.m., according to AL.com. CPR and an electronic defibrillator were used in an attempt to revive the inmate, but life-saving measures were unsuccessful.

A cause of death has not been officially determined. His body has been sent to Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for examination.

Houston County Sheriff Donald Valenza declined to release more facts about the death.

"Right now information in this death is limited, but the death is being investigated," Valenza said, according to local news site The Dothan Eagle.

Mathis had been awaiting a trial after facing charges for manslaughter and corpse abuse in connection to the death of his 6-month-old son, Curtis James Oakes. The baby had died about a year ago after ingesting methamphetamine and was found inside a hotel freezer.

Mathis and the baby's mother, Amanda Gail Oakes, were arrested after a shootout with police, during which Mathis was shot four times by a members of a SWAT team.

Oakes has already pleaded guilty to charges of manslaughter and corpse abuse. She faces 99 years in prison. She had agreed to testify against Mathis, her former boyfriend. 

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