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Opelika mother, man arrested in murder of 2-year-old

Published: Nov. 15, 2021 at 9:02 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 16, 2021 at 12:29 PM EST
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OPELIKA, Ala. (WTVM) - An Opelika mother and man have been arrested in the murder of a 2-year-old girl.

On Nov. 12, the Opelika Police Department was called to the 1700 block of Cherry Circle in reference to a child unresponsive. Upon arrival, officers found the child dead.

The body of the 2-year-old was then sent to Montgomery for autopsy.

The OPD and the Lee County Coroner’s Office began a death investigation which led them to two suspects, one of which was the child’s mother. On Nov. 15, 28-year-old Chasity Umeko Baker and 28-year-old Jamario Emanuel Mitchell, both of Opelika, were arrested for murder.

According to the Lee County Coroner’s Office, preliminary results of the postmortem exam indicate the child died from multiple blunt force trauma and has been ruled a homicide.

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

The death remains under investigation by the OPD and Lee County Coroner’s Office. If you have any information, please contact the Detective Division at 334-705-5220.

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