PHENIX CITY, AL (WRBL) – Worrying new details have emerged in the murder of five-year-old Kamarie Holland, of Columbus, Georgia, and the recent arrest of the child’s birth mother, 35-year-old Kristy Siple.
Court documents received by WRBL claim that the day that Holland’s mother reported her missing, investigators sold the child knowing the little girl was being sexually abused for money. Investigators said the little girl was raped, sodomized and then strangled.
On Wednesday morning, Siple crouched under her long hair and hid her face from our WRBL camera just before she appeared before Russell County District Court Judge Walter Gray for the first time. The judge stipulated a non-loan in her case.
“She has been charged with kidnapping, rape, sodomy, and human trafficking murder,” said Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor.
Investigators said Siple reported the child missing at her home on Bowman Street in Columbus after claiming she woke up early on December 13 and found her daughter missing with the front door open.
However, according to the human trafficking arrest warrant received from WRBL, Siple “knowingly subjected another person to labor or sexual bondage on or about December 13 … she agreed to pay another person for sexual intercourse and sodomy”. with their minor child. “
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The person Simple Holland allegedly sold to was Jeremy Williams, 37, who had a history of child abuse.
Williams was arrested the same day Holland was reported missing and charged with the murder of a child under the age of 14 after the girl’s body was found in an empty house on 15th Avenue in Phenix City, where Williams lived.
Prior to the gag order, Sheriff Taylor said that Siple and Williams were in a relationship. Additional charges are being brought against Williams.
“We expect he will face charges in the next few days of kidnapping capital murder, rape capital murder, sodomy capital murder and child pornography production,” said Sheriff Taylor.
The Russell County Sheriff’s Office led the 16-day investigation while being assisted by Columbus Police.
Siple, also known as Kristy Hoskins, was taken into custody by the US Marshal’s Service at around 1 p.m. on Tuesday at Circle K on Victory Drive.
Taylor said his agency asked federal agencies to help arrest Siple. She was held in Columbus for several hours before relinquishing extradition to Alabama. Siple was booked at Russell County Jail at around 5:30 PM
Judge Gray extended a gag warrant in the Siple case during Siple’s first court appearance. That gag order is similar to the one Johnson issued in the Williams case, said Rick Chancey, chief assistant to the Russell County District Attorney.
In both cases, gag orders were issued to oversee pre-trial public relations and ensure a fair trial for the accused by restricting the testimony of officials, lawyers and potential witnesses. However, the devastating reality of what detectives believe Kamarie Holland suffered is evident.
“It really hit us all because we really care about our children and our community. All I have to say is, please monitor where your children are and who they are around, ”said Joyce Dent-Fitzpatrick, deputy chief of police for Columbus.
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Taylor thanked all law enforcement agencies who have worked on the case since Holland was first reported missing before Christmas.
“We’re doing everything we can to do justice to this little girl,” said Sheriff Taylor.
Further details are expected to be revealed in preliminary hearings for Siple and Williams. The hearing dates have not been set.
Kamarie’s father Corey Holland made a statement to WRBL through a family spokesman Tuesday night after his child’s mother was arrested.
“The pain Kristy caused when she ripped Kamarie out of our lives will never stop. We are happy that she was arrested. We have come one step closer to justice for Kamarie, ”the statement said. “We hope that justice will be served. Kristy should get the maximum punishment she can … She’s a monster. A real mother protects and would die for her children … My family and I will continue to struggle with the loss of our angel Kamarie. We will ask you to keep sharing your news about her and the justice she deserves. “
None of the defendants are currently eligible for a bond.
Meanwhile, investigators confirm that Siple will not be charged with chemical exposure to a child in a separate case in 2018 either.