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Neighbor Arrested in Jersey Bridgeman's Death

By November 28, 2012

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A 6-year-old Arkansas girl who survived being abused by her father and stepmother has been killed and a her body found in a vacant house in her neighborhood. Police have arrested Zachary Holly, who lived next door to Jersey Bridgeman, in connection with her death.

Jersey's father and stepmother are in prison for child abuse.

David Bridgeman, Jersey's father, is serving 18 years in prison for false imprisonment, permitting abuse of a minor and endangering the welfare of a minor. Jana Bridgeman is serving 12 years.

Chained to a Dresser

The Bridgemans were charged with chaining Jersey to furniture in their room to keep her from going to the refrigerator at night and getting food to eat. A woman who was staying with the Bridgemans reported the abuse to the authorities.

That was a year ago. Last Tuesday, Nov. 20, Jersey was reported missing from the home where she was staying in Bentonville. A search was launched for the missing child and ten minutes later her body was found in nearby vacant house.

An investigation by Bentonville police led to 28-year-old Zachary Holly, who faces arraignment today on charges of capital murder, kidnapping and residential burglary.

See Also:
Neighbor Arrested in Murder of Arkansas Girl Found in Chains

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November 28, 2012 at 2:14 am
(1) Me says:

Excuse me, the ones who chained her was her father and her step mother. Her mother is not in prison for abuse.

November 28, 2012 at 11:58 am
(2) DianeVehorn says:

Little girl was doomed from conception. Know how that feels. ~ R i P babygirl ~. its over now.

November 28, 2012 at 12:36 pm
(3) rose young-stewart says:

No where in this short synopsis does it state the mother abused her and is in prison blah blah it clearly states from the very first sentence who is to blame for this atrocity. No one wanted this child and it seems no one liked her if anyone did like her, that person could have prevented this.
There are hundreds of thousands of unwanted kids of all ages not only here in the United States, but all over this world. Why bother having children if you don’t like them or want them? It’s like getting a dog, tying it to a tree in the back yard and never going to it except to occasionally throw food to it. It is a very uncaring society we live in.

November 29, 2012 at 12:27 am
(4) motohapa says:

Rose I am sorry to correct you but this article most certainly does mention the prior abuse of Jersey in both sections of the article it is highlighted. Quote “Both of Jersey’s parents are in prison for child abuse.” This is not only the first sentence following the first paragraph it is wrong. Then it goes on to give the names of “the parents and in the following section it highlights how the Bridgemans had poor Jersey chained to a dresser.
The facts are in essence correct but the citing of this being her parents that did it is incorrect. Her father and her STEP mother chained her to the dresser during a court ordered visit. Her mother was in no way involved and was in fact the person that called the police to report her daughter missing on Tuesday morning. She picked her children up at Holly’s house where they were being babysat by his wife when she got off work at 11 PM. She carried the younger sibling into the house while Holly carried little Jersey at which time she tucked them into be. When she woke up in the morning the little girl was gone. Stolen away in the night by someone the family knew and thought could be trusted. A monster in hiding waiting to strike.
People loved this little girl. She had a sister, a mother and a whole mess of other family that truly cared for her.
When Elizabeth Smart was snatched from her bedroom no one judge her parents for going to sleep from 11 PM to 6:30 AM. If you have children I would assume you go to bed at night. I know I do. What gives you the right to pass judgement on this woman for going to bed after tucking her children in. This is clearly not the first time something like this has happened to a family while in the alleged safety of their own home and clearly it won’t be the last but it most certainly not the fault of her mother.

November 29, 2012 at 12:28 am
(5) motohapa says:

To the author of this article. I would respectfully ask you to correct this article so that it contains proper information. This mother has been through enough without people who have highly viewed articles reporting the wrong information. As you wrote this article on Nov. 28 you clearly had access to the same information I did so there is no reason to leave such a incorrect piece of information posted as correct news.

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