Police: Ohio mother charged with killing 11-year-old son

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UPDATE: 3/18/2020

LAUREL, Miss. (AP) – An Ohio woman accused of killing her 11-year-old son and leaving his body at a Mississippi hotel has been arrested in New Orleans.

Laurel Police Chief Tommy Cox tells The Associated Press that 33-year-old Latina Marie Oates of Powell, Ohio, was arrested about 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Cox says Oates is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Joshua Oates. The boy’s body was found Tuesday in a hotel in the south Mississippi town. Cox hasn’t said how he died.

The chief says two younger children who were with Latina Oates have been found safe.


UPDATE: 3/18/2020

LAUREL, Miss. (WHLT) – The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation said the two children have been found safe.

The mother and suspect, 33-year-old Latina Marie Oates, is in custody.

The Laurel Police Department held a news conference at 11:00 a.m. to address the kidnapping.

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