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Man pleads guilty in 2-year-old death

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Jesse Holloman (Source: Independence Co Sheriff's Department) Jesse Holloman (Source: Independence Co Sheriff's Department)


BATESVILLE, AR (AP) - A Desha man ended his first-degree murder trial by pleading guilty to killing his girlfriend's 22-month-old daughter.

Jesse Holloman entered the plea Tuesday in Independence County Circuit Court and was sentenced to 40 years in prison for the November 2010 death of Harley Davidson.

The Batesville Daily Guard reports ( ) that Holloman was sentenced to another six years in prison after also pleading guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia.

Prosecutor Don McSpadden says he and the child's mother agreed to the plea deal because they feared Holloman might be found not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.

Authorities say Holloman killed the child and left her body in a refrigerator - where it was later found by the girl's mother An autopsy determined the girl died of asphyxiation.

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INDEPENDENCE COUNTY, AR (KAIT & AP) – A 26-year-old man has been arrested and charged with murder in the death of a 2-year-old.

According to the Independence County Sheriff's Department, Jesse Holloman has been arrested and charged with first degree murder in the death of a 2-year-old girl.

The Batesville Daily Guard reports that an affidavit filed Tuesday in Independence County Circuit Court says the girl's mother found her body in the refrigerator. No cause of death has been released, but the affidavit says Holloman told police he gave the child a half-bottle of Amoxicillin. According to the affidavit, Holloman told police that he killed the child and put the body in the refrigerator because her mother told him to. Holloman is the boyfriend of the child's mother.

Police spent almost 5 hours at the home on Sunday and then returned Monday and took between 6-12 pieces of possible evidence from the home.

Detective Mike Mundy with the Independence County Sheriff's Department says the child had no visible signs of injury to her body and she had no previous medical conditions.

Holloman is charged with first degree murder and had a bond set at $250,000. No word on what relation Holloman is to the child or the mother.

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INDEPENDENCE COUNTY, AR  (KAIT) - The Independence County Sheriff's Department is currently investigating the suspicious death of a two-year-old little girl. While deputies say there are many unanswered questions as to what exactly happened, they do say working cases like these is tough.

"No it's never easy. I mean it's a child. It is difficult," says Detective Sergeant Michael Mundy with the Independence County Sheriff's department. He says on Sunday morning deputies were called to this house at 90 Bufford Street in Desha. "This department did receive a 911 call stating their was a child in distress," says Detective Mundy. He says the two-year-old girl was transported to the White River Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

Not much information is being released at this time. The department isn't sure if foul play was involved, but they are investigating.

"We have requested that the child be sent to the medical examiner for a full autopsy. We just got questions we don't even know if a crime has been committed as of yet," says Mundy.

" We're hearing a little bit of everything, but I hate to hear of any kid to lose a life that young," says Jason Holt lives down the street from where the child was found.

"I used to mow their yard for them, she just lost her mom last year, about a year ago so it's hard enough, than a year later she losses her daughter," says Holt.

He says neighbors are just shocked, and hope to soon have closure, on a loss felt by the whole community. "It's a terrible accident if it's an accident. I mean I hope they find out what really happened it's a sad deal," says Holt.

Detective Mundy says the department has served a search warrant on the residence and is conducting interviews. He says the autopsy was classified as a high priority and hopes to soon have answers.

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