Man linked to dead Chenango teen is arrested

Deputies from the Chenango County Sheriff's Office arrested the boyfriend of a deceased Oxford Central School student Tuesday, but have not said if the arrest is related to the death of 16-year-old Amelia Wakefield of Oxford.*  

Cody D. Coleman, 18, of Smithville, was arrested on a bench warrant for a parole violation, according to a media release. 

Coleman was taken to the Chenango County Correctional Facility and is not being allowed bail, the release said.

Information provided by Chenango County to the Mobile Patrol cellphone app said Coleman was charged with fifth degree criminal possession of an illegal drug. 

Wakefield, a junior at Oxford Academy in Oxford who played soccer and basketball, was found dead Friday evening at 136 Water St. in Smithville. According to police reports, she was taken to Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton for an autopsy.

Facebook pages for both Wakefield and Coleman show the two together as a couple. People associated with them have stated on the social media platform that Coleman killed Wakefield, though police have not released any information to support that claim.

Although police have not publicly connected the arrest with Wakefield's death, and have not called her death a possible murder, people close to Wakefield are indicating there was foul play involved. A GoFundMe page for Wakefield's family has a picture of her with an edited frame around the picture that features a purple ribbon and says, "Domestic Violence Awareness."

In addition, a memorial shirt, which was created to help her family, also has Wakefield's picture on it, this time next to a purple ribbon with the words, "stop domestic violence," printed on it.

A purple ribbon is the symbol for domestic violence awareness. 

There is also a free self-defense class being held at 11 a.m., Sunday, May 19 in Sidney, "in honor of Amelia Wakefield." 

The GoFundMe page, which is trending, said the funds are, "for funeral expenses, wake, memorials and just for the family to take time to grieve." As of noon Wednesday, it had raised $4,577, almost five times its stated goal of $1,000.

Go to or to donate. 

There will also be a barbecue fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in Boname Park in Oxford. 

According to Wakefield's obituary, funeral services will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, May 10 at the Oxford Academy Middle School Auditorium.

A call to Chenango County Sheriff Ernest Cutting Jr. was not returned Wednesday.  

* A previous version of this story said Wakefield was a Smithville resident. She was from Oxford. 

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