Body found in basement at home in Meridian

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Lauderdale County Coroner Clayton Cobler told Newscenter 11 a black bag containing a white bag sealed with duct tape was found in the basement at a residence near the intersection of Myrtle and Crabapple drives Wednesday morning.

The coroner would not give specifics, but says evidence suggests the body of a small child was sealed inside those bags.

Meridian Police Chief Benny Dubose would not confirm if this investigation involves the missing person's case of 5-year-old Jakie Toole, but the chief says Celeste Smith, who at one point cared for the child, led officers to the home.

"She led us to that residence on Crabapple Drive and showed us several locations prior to showing us to the right location, inside the residence, where the child supposedly could be found," said Dubose.

Jakie Toole hasn't been seen since April. Police say Toole's mother handed him and her other child over to Smith to care for while the mother was away.

Smith was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and is being held on $250,000 bond while the investigation continues.

The bag and possible remains have been sent to the crime lab in Jackson.