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The Georgia mother who reported her five-year-old daughter missing has now been charged with the child’s murder.
Kristy Marie Siple, 35, was arrested on Tuesday at a gas station for her role in Kamarie Holland’s murder, according to CBS affiliate WRBL. The Russell County Sheriff’s Office in Alabama arrested the Georgia woman on charges of: murder during the course of kidnapping' murder during the course of rape; murder during the cource of sodomy; and human trafficking.
Siple’s acquaintance, Jeremy Tremaine Williams, 37, had already been arrested in the child's death on Dec. 13. He was charged with capital murder due to Holland’s age, as well as murder during the rape, sodomy, and kidnapping of the child, according to WRBL.
Authorities confirmed Siple and Williams had a previous relationship but did not detail the extent of that relationship.
On Dec. 13, Kristy Siple, who also goes by the name Kristy Hoskins, reported Kamarie Holland missing from her Columbus, Georgia home, according to the Montgomery Advertiser. Siple told authorities she woke up at around 5:50 a.m. to discover Holland was gone and the front door left open.
That day, police looked into Williams as a suspect and subsequently arrested him at the Bamboo Hotel in Phenix City, Alabama.
Following Williams’ arrest, investigators found Holland’s body in a vacant home in Phenix City near Williams’ former residence, according to the Advertiser. Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor said there were signs that Holland was sexually abused and that her death seemed to be a result of asphyxiation.
Autopsy results have yet to be released.
Before Circuit Court Judge David Johnson issued a gag order in the case, authorities touched on other incidences connecting Williams to other crimes against children. On Dec. 14, Sheriff Taylor held a press conference cited by WRBL, stating Williams was a suspect in the case of a missing one-year-old in Alaska.
Williams was never charged in the disappearance.
Furthermore, Williams had been arrested and charged in 2009 after being accused of abusing a three-year-old boy in Russell County. Williams allegedly immersed the lower half of the boy’s body in boiling water, claiming that the child pulled the pot of water on top of himself. Williams was acquitted of the charges.
“The media’s making me look like I’m some evil person, but I’m not,” a crying Kristy Siple said in a Dec. 15 interview with WIFR News. “I’m a mommy, and I did not have nothing to do with this. She was my life. I lived for her daily.”
Siple said Holland was her only daughter, the third of four children but that Holland’s father, Corey Holland of Phenix City, had primary custody her.
Cory Holland issued a statement to WRBL following Siple’s arrest.
“The amount of pain Kristy has caused by ripping Kamarie out of our lives will never cease," he said. "We are glad to see that she has been arrested. We are one step closer to justice for Kamarie.”
“It’s our hope that justice is served," he added. "Kristy should receive whatever the maximum penalty she can get.”
Siple’s role in Holland’s murder has not been made clear. She waived extradition to Alabama and has yet to enter a plea to the charges against her.
“She’s a monster,” Holland’s father continued. “A real mother protects and would die for her children. Kristy is a monster. My family and I will continue to wrestle with the loss of losing our angel, Kamarie. We will ask that you continue to make your news about her and the justice she deserves.”
The judge extended the gag order in Williams’ case to Siple’s case.
Williams has yet to enter a plea. If found guilty, he faces the death penalty.
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