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St. Paul Teen Charged With First-Degree Attempted Homicide

Thursday, 18. July 2013

CC image Wikipedia.orgA St. Paul teen has been charged with attempted first-degree homicide of an unborn child after he allegedly punched the stomach of a pregnant mother in an attempt to get the woman to have a miscarriage.

Jessy Jordan Holtzkamp, 18, a second-year high school senior, was charged earlier this week with the attempted murder charge after officers responded to a criminal complaint at the River Heights Motel in Prescott, WI.

According to the report, officers were called to the scene after they were told a woman might be having a miscarriage. The responding officers found Krystal Alters-Meulemans, 27, lying on a motel bed. She was crying and appeared to be in a great deal of pain. The officers asked if anything happened in the hotel room, and she said Holtzkamp had punched her stomach a few times in order to get her to have a miscarriage.

Police then attempted to corroborate the 27-year-old’s story. They spoke to the motel worker who initially called 911, who said several patrons had reported that they could hear verbal arguments and possible abuse taking place in the room. The worker reportedly had to tell the couple to stop fighting on more than one occasion.

Disturbing Remarks

Holtzkamp allegedly made some disturbing remarks when questioned about the situation by police. According to the police report:

  • When asked if he punched Alter-Meulemans in the stomach, Holtzkamp stated he only “poked” it, but then later said he “pokes it with a punch.”
  • When officers told him that he could be in more trouble if the child died, he responded, “Why I wanted that to happen; I would love for that to happen.”
  • When asked if he felt any remorse for trying to kill the child, he responded, “Hell naw.”
  • After he was booked into jail, Holtzkamp began making himself out like a celebrity, saying, “We got a murdered up in here.”
  • Holtzkamp also told an officer that he was too young to be a father, and he wanted the child to be aborted or be born stillborn.

On an encouraging note, Alter-Meulemans was taken to a hospital for tests, were it was revealed that she did not lose the baby. She later stated that she would not testify against Holtzkamp.

In addition to the attempted homicide child, Holtzkamp was charged with aggravated battery of an unborn child and battery. The attempted homicide charge carries a maximum sentence of 60 years in jail. He is set to have a bail hearing tomorrow.

Related source: Pioneer Press

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Avery Appelman is a criminal defense lawyer and the founder of Appelman Law Firm. While his practice is primarily recognized for its work with DWI and related offenses, he has 16 years of experience working with clients on drug, assault, theft, traffic, criminal sexual conduct, and prostitution charges.

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