On 09/14/2021 at approximately 11:40 AM, Opelika Police Officers responded to the East Alabama Medical Center in reference to a deceased child. Officers learned that an unresponsive 2-month-old black female was brought to the emergency room by her father at approximately 11:00 AM that day. Medical staff attempted life-saving measures but were unable to revive the child. Detectives began a death investigation which resulted in the victim’s father becoming a suspect.
On 09/16/2021 Demarcus Treias Smith, 19 yoa from Opelika, AL, was arrested and charged with Murder.
Lee County Coroner Bill Harris identified the 2-month-old victim as Maliyah Stormi Smith.
The Opelika Police Department would like to thank the Lee County District Attorney’s Office, the Alabama Department of Forensic Science and Lee County Coroner Bill Harris for their assistance in this investigation.
This case remains under investigation by the Opelika Police Department. If you have any information, please contact the Detective Division at (334) 705-5220 or the Secret Witness Hotline at (334) 745-8665. Tips can be submitted through our Opelika Police Mobile App. You may wish to remain anonymous.