Charges filed in the death of baby found in rural Green County

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COLLINSVILLE, Ill. – An Alton mother has been charged after her baby’s body was found buried in a wooded area in Greene County.

Jamia Ellis, 22, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of concealment of a homicidal death.

According to police, Ellis "knowingly and without legal justification caused blunt force trauma to a minor, knowing said acts could cause the death."

Her boyfriend, 34-year-old Ryan Wheeler, was charged with one count of concealment of a homicidal death.

"I'm still probably a little numb," said Jamia's father, who did not wish to use his name. "I've had my angry moments and my sadness and my feelings hurt; just a little bit of everything."

The disturbing discovery was made in woods behind a home in the 100 block East Cemetery Road in Greene County, Illinois. Authorities said Jabari's body was wrapped in a sheet then placed in a garbage bag.

Jamia's father said she had battled depression in the past and had been struggling with postpartum depression. He believes that played a big role in this tragedy.

"I don't think under normal circumstances she could have done this. But with the way postpartum has affected a lot of women nowadays, this could happen to anybody," he said.

Jamia's father said he's turning to God for support.

"I find peace knowing because I'm a believer knowing that Jabari is with the Lord right now," he said.

Jamia's family said Wheeler has been Jamia's boyfriend for some time and that he lived at the home on East Cemetery Road.

Ellis’ bond was set at $1.5 million and Wheeler’s bond was set at $50,000. Both are currently in custody of the Greene County Sheriff’s Department.

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