A man is under arrest for capital murder after a 5-year-old girl who vanished from her home in Georgia was found dead in a neighboring state, law enforcement officials said.
The mother of Kamarie Holland woke up around 5:50 a.m. on Dec. 13, she told police in Columbus, Georgia, and discovered the door to their house open and her daughter missing. She called authorities about 25 minutes later.
According to Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor, detectives learned Williams, who Holland’s mother knew but was not romantically involved with, lived in a vacant home and upon investigating the residence found the missing child’s body late the same evening she went missing.
“It’s a sad time to have to speak about a 5-year-old ...who absolutely did nothing wrong. It’s sad,” Taylor said, noting the victim was possibly sexually assaulted and likely died from asphyxiation. An autopsy is pending.
Williams was booked into the Russell County Jail and faces either life in prison without parole or the death sentence if convicted of Holland’s murder. Officials noted charges against the suspect could be upgraded once the investigation is complete.
“There’s a lot of details that I’m not willing to disclose at this time because of the urgency in this case and potential other folks that we may be looking into as suspects or offenders alongside Mr. Williams,” Taylor said, according to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.
The outlet reported Williams was previously a suspect in a 1-year-old infant’s death in Alaska, but there was a lack of evidence in the case and he was never charged with any crime.
In 2009, Taylor said, Williams was accused of child abuse in Phenix City, Alabama, but a jury acquitted him. He reportedly also was facing child abuse allegations in Columbus, where Holland lived with her mother. Taylor was uncertain of the case’s current status.
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