Debi Holland, and James Holland have been charged with continued aggravated sexual assault of a child after their pregnant mentally disabled daughter, Holli Jeffcoat, was found dead in their burnt out home in Lubbock, Texas.
The 18 year-old had her throat slit, her womb opened and her uterus removed before she was set on fire after she told school authorities she was pregnant for her stepfather who had sexually assaulted her multiple times over the last ten years.
While her mother knew about it, she asked her abused daughter to keep quiet as her stepfather was “paying the bills”.
Investigators said the fire was started to cover up the crime.
The police have charged Holland, 39, with continued aggravated sexual assault of a child in an unrelated case and Debi, with assisting her lover to carry out and cover up the abuse. Authorities said Holland will also face other charges.
Debi was taken into the Lubbock County Detention Center under a $US500,000 ($A666, 500) bond with additional charges pending.
Court documents obtained by the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, stated the first sign of abuse against Holli happened in 2008 after she was involved in a car crash.
Blood tests carried out on her revealed she was diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease. The medical exam also showed Jeffcoat suffered penetrating injuries at that time.
The document stated, “No charges were brought against the molester of Holli Jeffcoat in 2008.”
On January 29, 2016, eight years later, Holli told a school official her stepfather had impregnated her. A physical assessment by a licensed physician on Feb. 2, determined she was about 12 weeks pregnant.
Court documents revealed Holli had told the staff “she didn’t want to go home with dad because she didn’t want to have sex. The sex hurt.”
Another school official asked Holli if her mother knew about the abuse and Holli said yes, but was told not to tell anyone because Debi Holland needed “James to pay bills.”
A staff also stated in a written statement that Holli told her Debi Holland did not want her to have the baby. She said Holli had confided in her that Debi had threatened, “James was going to take the baby out with a coat hanger.”
The court documents also stated that as Holli was in special education and had the mental age of a six or seven-year-old, she was incapable of giving consent for sexual intercourse and is a disabled individual.
Her mother confirmed to officers that whoever impregnated Holli raped her as she was “mentally slow.”
Some want children, others can’t even protect the ones they have been giving.