A Texas man allegedly raped and murdered his 18-year-old special needs stepdaughter, who was found dead with her uterus cut out.
Holli Jeffcoat’s body was found in a partially burnt house in Idalou, Texas, on Feb. 10, reported the New York Daily News. Police eventually caught up with the man, James Holland, 39 and arrested him on 3 counts of sexual abuse. He was not charged with the murder initially.
An arrest warrant linking Jeffcoat’s mother Debi Holland to the victim’s death states the home was set ablaze in an attempt to hide gruesome details — the killer slit Jeffcoat’s throat and cut her uterus from her body. She was 13-weeks pregnant.
Police accused Debi Holland of covering up her husband’s abuse following her arrest on Friday. She may have prevented crucial medical exams that may have detected signs of rape and sexually-transmitted diseases passed from the stepfather to Jeffcoat, authorities alleged.
Jeffcoat came forward to school officials and the Children’s Advocacy Center accusing her stepfather of raping and impregnating her. “She didn’t want to go home with dad because she didn’t want to have sex,” KCBD-TV reported Jeffcoat as saying, citing court documents. “The sex hurt.”
The teen told the school she could now feel the baby inside her — especially when she ran in physical education class — and her stepfather intended to abort her fetus with coat hanger.
In a written statement detailed by the Lubbock County newspaper, Jeffcoat claimed Holland molested her in the car ride home from school.
Jeffcoat’s mother denied knowledge of the abuse when confronted by school employees and authorities and said her husband had been “intravenously using methamphetamines” for several years.
Doctors first discovered issues of sexual abuse back in 2008 after a vehicle collision. Her bloodwork confirmed she had an STD at the time and there were also signs of penetration injuries. Since Jeffcoat had the mental age of a young child, she could never have consented in the first place.
Debi Holland faces one count of aggravated sexual assault of a disabled person in suspicion of Jeffcoat’s abuse.
H/T NY DailyNews