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Report: Mother Charged With Manslaughter After Cops Find Her Dead 5-Day-Old Baby In Her Trunk

An Alabama mother has been charged with manslaughter after police discovered the body of her newborn son in the trunk of her car during a routine traffic stop.

Jalesa Gaines, 24, was indicted by a grand jury for manslaughter on Wednesday (January 24) in the death of her five-day old baby.

Gaines was pulled over on Highway 43 in Jackson, Alabama back in November over her expired tags. According to police, Gaines gave the officer a false name and birthday. The officer realized Gaines had provided false information and asked to search her 1998 Honda Accord.

Gaines consented to the search of her vehicle, leading officers to discover the remains of Gaines' newborn son. The baby boy was found in a shoebox in the trunk of her car. 

The five-day-old newborn's body was wrapped in a sweater inside the box.

The young woman reportedly gave birth to the baby boy on November 9, according to Gaines' family and neighbor.


She was taken into custody and charged with abuse of a corpse and giving a false name to a police officer.

Gaines reportedly told police she was "on her way to Walmart when he died."

Court documents revealed that the baby boy had been born alive.

Jackson Police Chief Jerry Taylor stated in a press conference, "You're talking about a little person that never had a chance at life. It puts everybody in shock, initially."

Taylor adds, "We have a baby who never had the chance to speak for themselves so we're having to speak for him. We take that very seriously."


Authorities said Gaines "hasn't said a whole lot about what happened to the baby". 

Gaines, who has other children, was indicted by a grand jury on manslaughter charges on and will be rearrested. 

The police chief stated that officers were looking in to whether anyone else should face charges, claiming there may have been witnesses to the baby's death.


Taylor told WALA that Gaines had shown signs of remorse "to a degree but not to the degree we'd expect."


Detectives are waiting the autopsy report from the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences to determine a cause of death. The results of the autopsy have not yet been released.

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