Jeremy Tremaine Williams, the Georgia man charged with abducting and killing a 5-year-old girl in Alabama, has previous child abuse allegations, according to reports.

Williams, 37, is accused of kidnapping Kamarie Holland from her mother’s home in Columbus, Georgia before sexually assaulting and killing her. 

The child’s remains were discovered Monday a mile away in an abandoned house in Phenix City, Alabama where Williams reportedly once lived. Authorities quickly tracked the 37-year-old down at a nearby motel and arrested him on capital murder charges. 

Chilling Previous Child Abuse Allegations

According to Russell County, Alabama Sheriff Heath Taylor, Jeremy Williams had a long history of child abuse accusations before he was charged with Kamarie Holland’s murder on Monday. 

Taylor said that his office arrested Williams in 2009, following an incident in which the 37-year-old allegedly lowered a 3-year-old boy into a pot of boiling water. Williams faced several charges, including aggravated child abuse, and reportedly told investigators that the child poured the water on himself. 

He was eventually acquitted in 2012. More details on that case were not immediately available Thursday. 

Jeremy Tremaine Williams is accused of killing a 5-year-old Georgia girl. He has previous child abuse allegations, police say.
Jeremy Tremaine Williams is accused of killing a 5-year-old Georgia girl. He has previous child abuse allegations, police say.

KIRO 7 reported that Williams had also been charged with child abuse in Columbus, Georgia, where he was most recently living and where police believe he abducted Kamarie Holland. The outcome of that case is also unclear. 

“And then we have information where he was a suspect in a 1-year-old’s death in Alaska, where he was a suspect but never charged,” the sheriff added. 

Police: Jeremy Tremaine Williams Killed Child 

According to local reports, Kamarie Holland was reported missing in Columbus by her mother Christie Hoskins, who said she woke up to find her daughter gone and the front door open. 

Sheriff Taylor has said that the child lived in Columbus with her mother, while some reports claim she was just visiting and lived with her father Corey Holland in Phenix City. 

Authorities in Georgia quickly identified Williams as a suspect in the girl’s disappearance, Taylor said, though he did not explain how. Hoskins reportedly knew Williams, though the pair were not romantically involved, according to KIRO 7

More information on their relationship was not readily available, as Russell County Circuit Court Judge David Johnson has issued a gag order forbidding investigators and prosecutors from making statements to the press. 

Kamarie Holland, 5, was found dead in Alabama this week. Jeremy Tremaine Williams, who has previous child abuse allegations, was charged.
Kamarie Holland, 5, was found dead in Alabama this week. Jeremy Tremaine Williams, who has previous child abuse allegations, was charged with her murder soon after. Photo credit: Facebook

After Georgia authorities learned that Williams may have been in Phenix City just across the state border, they reached out to Alabama law enforcement, Taylor said. 

“We began working with CPD at that time and it wasn’t long after that when we located Mr. Williams at the Bamboo Motel on Opelika Road,” the sheriff explained. Motel employees told police that Williams had checked in only about 30 minutes before they arrived. He was reportedly with his uncle at the time of his arrest, though authorities do not believe the relative was involved in Holland’s murder. 

Around that time, detectives also received word that Williams had lived in a since-abandoned bungalow on 15th Street in Phenix City, Taylor said. 

“Agents went to that address, and it was at that time that we found the body of Kamarie Holland,” the sheriff told reporters, adding: “It did appear from the scene that there was some sexual abuse.” 

Williams was arrested and charged with capital murder, a local newspaper reported. At a hearing in court on Tuesday, the 37-year-old was ordered to be jailed without bond. He also reportedly waived his right to an attorney, though the court appointed him one anyway. 

Also at the Tuesday hearing, Russell County Chief Assistant District Attorney Rick Chancey said his office would push for the death penalty, if investigators’ intial findings hold true. 

In Alabama, the statutory sentences for capital murder are execution or life without parole, the newspaper added. 

Prosecutors in Russell County, Alabama said they're considering seeking the death penalty for Jeremy Tremaine Williams.
Prosecutors in Russell County, Alabama said they’re considering seeking the death penalty for Jeremy Tremaine Williams. Pictured is the Russell County DA’s Office. Photo credit: Russell County Government