Crime

Mother killed 6-month-old son and buried him in wooded area, police say

Jamia H. Ellis, 22, faces two counts of first degree murder in the death of her 6-month-old son.
Jamia H. Ellis, 22, faces two counts of first degree murder in the death of her 6-month-old son.

A 22-year-old mother and her friend are charged in connection with the death and concealment of her six-month-old boy, in a case where she and the infant had initially been reported as missing.

Jamia H. Ellis, of Alton, was charged Friday with two counts of first degree murder and one count of concealment of a homicidal death. Illinois State Police say that on or about Nov. 2, she “caused blunt force trauma” to a minor child, and buried the baby in a wooded area east of Carrollton, Illinois.

Ryan L. Wheeler, 34, of Carrollton, was charged with one count of concealment of a homicidal death.

Ellis was being held at Greene County Jail on a $1.5 million bail and Wheeler was being held on a $750,000 bail on Friday, police said. They have been in custody since Tuesday, Illinois State Police said.

Charges say Ellis and Wheeler wrapped the infant’s body in a sheet before putting him in a trash bag and burying the bag.

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Ryan L. Wheeler, 34, is charged with concealing a homicidal death.

Reporter Mary Cooley follows the crimes and court goings-on in the metro-east; she has a special affinity for the oddities that make life in Southern Illinois interesting. Mary has a journalism degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia and previously worked as a copy editor at newspapers in the Southeast.


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