Capital murder charge filed in Meridian basement body discovery case

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK)- Meridian police have charged a woman with capital murder after investigators say she led officers to what is believed to be the body of a small child.

Celeste Smith was charged with capital murder Thursday.

Investigators say Smith led them to the basement of a house near the intersection of Myrtle and Crabapple Drives in Meridian Wednesday.

Lauderdale County Coroner Clayton Cobler says two garbage bags sealed with duct tape were found in the basement.

Family says they believe the garbage bags contained missing child, five-year old Jakie Toole.

"I am just so heartbroken," said Jakie's cousin. "He's my little cousin, I've been there since he was born."

Investigators say Jakie Toole, is a special needs child, who was reported as missing to police last week. Even though the missing person's report was filed last week, investigators say the little boy was last seen in April.

Police says Smith at one point cared for Jakie Toole and one of Toole's siblings.

Municipal Court Judge Robbie Jones said Smith was also charged with two counts of child neglect on top of the murder charge.

"I denied bond at this time on the belief that she knew and/or participated in the disappearance and/or loss of the child," said Judge Jones.

The bag and remains have been sent the crime lab in Jackson. Coroner Cobbler says the bag won't be opened and analyzed until Friday.

A preliminary hearing will be held Monday at noon if autopsy reports are back by then.

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