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  • 27 November 2012, 11:36

Jersey Bridgeman: Neighbour Arrested For Murder

Jersey Bridgeman - who was abused by her father and stepmother - was allegedly killed last week by a neighbour, investigators have said.

The six-year-old was reported missing from her home in Bentonville, 215 miles northwest of Little Rock, on the morning of November 20.

Her body was discovered minutes into a police search in an abandoned house just a few yards away.

Zachary Holly, 28, who lives next door to Jersey, is being held in the Benton County jail on charges of capital murder, kidnapping and residential burglary.

He is due to appear in court on Wednesday.

"Many questions related to this investigation and arrest will be answered by the affidavit of probable cause, which will be released on Wednesday," police chief John Simpson told reporters.

Police released no detail about how Jersey was killed, but police captain Justin Thompson said earlier there was "no reason ... for the community to be worried at this point".

Jersey's death came 18 months after abuse allegations were levelled against her father and stepmother.

David Bridgeman and Jana Bridgeman eventually both pleaded guilty in June 2011 to repeatedly chaining her to a dresser at their home in nearby Rogers.

The pair are serving 18 and 12 year prison sentences respectively.

Jersey's biological mother DesaRae Bridgeman has been informed of the arrest.

The child's funeral was due to take place on Tuesday afternoon.

 

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