UPDATE: Mother Charged with Abuse of a Corpse After a Newborn Boy Found Dead in Trunk of Car

UPDATE (5:30 p.m.) —  Jalesa Gaines has been charged with abuse of a corpse after police found the body of a newborn in her trunk, according to police.


UPDATE (1:30 p.m.) – News Five has learned the infant found dead in the trunk of a car was a newborn boy that was found by an officer wrapped in a blanket, according to the Jackson Police Department.

The boy was found after officers searched the car of a woman who lied to officers about her name during a traffic stop. The woman has been identified as Jalesa Gaines of McIntosh, Alabama.

Gaines was arrested on a charge of giving a false name, but at this time, no charges have been filed against her in connection to the death of the baby boy.

Gaines’ car was impounded after the discovery and the body of the boy was sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Science in Mobile where a cause of death will be determined.

According to the Jackson Police Department, the investigation is ongoing and future charges may be filed against Gaines.  The police chief says she is 23-year-old and has a number of other children.


JACKSON, Alabama (WKRG) – The Jackson Police Department confirms to News 5 that the body of an infant was discovered in the trunk of a car Tuesday afternoon.  Deputy Chief Richard Harvey says officers discovered the child during a traffic stop on Highway 43.

One person, the child’s mother, is in custody.  The car was pulled over for expired tags.  Jackson Police Chief Jerry Taylor said a woman in her 20’s was arrested for giving false information to a police officer.  More charges could be pending.  The false information arrest prompted a search of the car which led to the discovery of the deceased child.

The age of the child and cause of death remain unknown at this time.  The child is described as a newborn but the child’s sex was not released.  They are awaiting the results of an autopsy.  The woman’s name has not been released but she is in custody with Jackson County Police.

WKRG is working on gathering more details on this breaking news.

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