Death investigation underway in Opelika after 2-year-old discovered dead

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Update: OPELIKA, Ala. (WRBL) – An Opelika mother and a male acquaintance have been arrested in the Murder of her two-year-old child. The child who discovered dead on Friday, November 12th, leading to Opelika Police Detectives and the Lee County Coroner’s Office, beginning an investigation into the child’s death at home along Cherry Circle.

The child’s body was taken to the Alabama Department of Forensic Science for an autopsy. The investigation led to the arrest of the child’s mother, Chasity Umeko Baker, 28, from Opelika. A male acquaintance named Jamario Emanuel Mitchell, 28, from Opelika was also arrested for Murder.  Both were arrested Monday, November 15.

Baker and Mitchell are currently being held at the Lee County Jail on a $450,000 bond.

This case remains under investigation by the Opelika Police Department. If you have any information, please contact the Detective Division at (334) 705-5220 or the Secret Witness Hotline at (334) 745-8665. Tips can be submitted through the Opelika Police Mobile App. You can remain anonymous.


OPELIKA, Ala. (WRBL) – A death investigation is underway in Opelika after a two-year-old female child was located dead inside a home along Cherry Circle according to Coroner Bill Harris.

Opelika police say at this point in their investigation the child’s death is not considered suspicious, the investigation is ongoing.

Harris says the child is being taken to the Department of Forensic Sciences in Montgomery for a postmortem exam.

News 3 will update you as the investigation continues.

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