Update: May 13, 2019
After being postponed a couple of times, the trial of Jamie Whited in the 2016 death of her infant daughter, Dinah Paige Whited, is again back on the calendar in a Walton County Courtroom. It is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, to be heard in front of Alcovy Circuit Superior Court Judge Eugene M. Benton. There is a full calendar for the judge for the week of Oct. 21, 2019, with the Whited trial the first up.
Updated: May 17, 2019
The trial of Jamie Whited, due to begin this week, has again been postponed, according to Walton County Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney Cliff Howard.
Update: March 11, 2019
The trial of Jamie Whited, due to begin this week, has been postponed, according to Walton County Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney Cliff Howard.
“The Whited trial will not be heard this week as her attorney has a leave of absence,” Howard said. The next criminal trial calendar for Judge Eugene Benton is May 13, 2019.
Baby’s father was convicted last year and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole
The trial of Jamie Whited in the 2016 death of her infant daughter, Dinah Paige Whited, will begin in a Walton County courtroom on Monday, March 11, 2019. The case will be heard by Alcovy Circuit Superior Court Judge Eugene M. Benton. Whited is charged with two counts of felony murder, one count of murder in the second degree, one count of aggravated battery and two counts of cruelty to children. She has remained incarcerated in the Walton County Detention Center since her arrest on April 29, 2016.
Last year, the baby’s father, Justin Whited, was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole after being convicted in the murder of his infant daughter. He was found guilty of four of the six charges against him, including two counts of felony murder. He was found not guilty of malice murder and one of the counts of cruelty to children. He was also found guilty of aggravated battery and one count of cruelty to children.
The saga began on April 23, 2016 when officers with Monroe Police Department responded to the Whited residence in response to reports of a 2-month old baby being unresponsive. The infant, who became known as “Baby Dinah,” was transported to Egelston Children’s Hospital in Atlanta, where she remained on life support for three months before being removed on Aug. 16, 2016. By that time, her father, Justin Whited, was already in jail facing charges of aggravated battery and cruelty to children and her mother was charged with cruelty to children. Although incarcerated at the time, they were allowed to say goodbye to their daughter at the hospital prior to her passing. The charges were then upgraded to felony murder.
Monroe Police Department released a statement at the time that read, “The brutal injuries that Dinah suffered over time, along with the lack of medical attention, ultimately lead to her death. Both Justin and Jamie Whited have been charged with felony murder; they remain incarcerated in the Walton County Jail.”