The mother of a 5-year-old Georgia girl who was taken from her home and killed just across the state border in Alabama two weeks ago has been arrested and charged with felony murder, according to jail records.
Earlier this month, Russell County, Alabama’s deputy arrested Jeremy Tremaine Williams, 37, on a charge of manslaughter in connection with Kamarie Holland’s death.
The girl’s mother, 35-year-old Kristy Siple, initially told police she woke up around 6 p.m. 5:50 on December 13 and discovered that her front door was open – and her daughter was gone.
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On Tuesday, Siple was detained without a warrant at the Russell County Detention Center on charges of murder and human trafficking.
The sheriff’s office and prison authorities declined to comment or release her reservation photo, telling Fox News Digital to call back during opening hours. Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
According to local media, the judge in the Williams case issued a gag order earlier this month in response to a request from his public defender.
Alabama court records also show that Siple had a couple of pending cases of child abuse. She was charged with smoking marijuana while pregnant with another child in 2018, a crime. In 2019, she was again charged with chemical hazard to a minor after allegedly exposing one of her children to drugs.
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Sheriff Taylor has said Williams had known Siple before the killing and that investigators had found evidence of sexual abuse.
“I certainly believe the motive was a sexual encounter,” Taylor said at the time, adding that the suspect had been seen in at least three other cases involving child victims in several states.
Deputies found Kamarie dead of suffocation in an abandoned home where Williams once lived in Phenix City, Alabama.
In Alabama, convictions for murder for crimes can potentially result in the death penalty.
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Williams had been acquitted of child abuse charges in Cotton State in 2012. The outcome of another case of child abuse in Georgia was not immediately clear. State records show that a man of the same name has pending charges of alleged violence and abuse of children in connection with an incident in August 2021.
And he was suspected of the death of an Alaska 1-year-old but never charged due to lack of evidence, according to authorities.