Police in North Pole, Alaska, reopened an investigation into a newborn’s death after the child’s father was arrested for allegedly kidnapping, sexually assaulting, and killing another child in Alabama.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, 37-year-old Jeremy Williams is accused of killing and raping Kamarie Holland, 5, of Georgia, in December 2021. At the time, Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor mentioned another child’s death in Alaska, identified as the suspect’s 1-month-old daughter. Court documents indicate that the infant died from blunt force trauma in 2005.
North Pole Police Chief Steve Dutra confirmed with News 3 on Thursday that investigators reopened the case and Williams is the main suspect. Dutra said the decision to reopen the case was made after Williams’ arrest for Kamarie’s death.
Court documents indicate that Williams was living with the newborn and her mother in 2005, while the mother was stationed in Alaska during her time with the Air Force. Both the Air Force and the North Pole police investigated the incident.
Taylor indicated that Williams was never arrested for the baby’s death because of a lack of evidence.
Meanwhile, Williams may face the death penalty if convicted in the most current case. Kamari’s mother, Kristy Siple, reported her daughter missing on December 13, claiming that she awoke and discovered that the front door of her home had been opened. Authorities had labeled Kamarie as “critically missing,” but no further details were provided at the time.Later that same day, police found the girl dead in an Alabama home that had been previously occupied by Williams. Police said they found a ligature mark around the child’s neck.
Police arrested Williams and charged him with murder, kidnapping, and sexual assault.
In January, police arrested Siple and accused her of giving Williams access to her daughter after Williams paid her. Police said Siple knowingly provided the girl in exchange for “sexual servitude” to Williams.
The allegations mark a stunning turn of events after Siple, also referred to as Kristy Hoskins, went on local television in Columbus, Georgia, claiming the girl was “her life” and professing innocence. Siple had donated the girl’s toys to WTVM-TV’s annual holiday toy drive and was interviewed by a reporter about the donation.Siple told WTVM-TV, at times crying during the interview. “She was my life. I lived for her. She was my only girl. I have three boys and her.”“I’m a mommy. I did not have nothing to do with this,”
In the wake of the allegations, Columbus Assistant Police Chief Joyce Dent-Fitzpatrick cautioned parents to be vigilant about who is around their children.“This has really struck a nerve for all of us because we really care about our kids and our community,” Dent-Fitzpatrick told WRBL-TV. “The only thing I have to say is, please monitor where your kids are and who they are around.”
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[Feature Photo: Kamarie Holland/Handout]