Father Arrested After 5-Month-Old Found Dead

BEATTYVILLE, Ky. (AP) - An eastern Kentucky man has been charged with murder after police say his 5-month-old daughter suffered fatal head and neck injuries.

Kentucky State Police charged 23-year-old Billy Hollan Jr., of Beattyville, with murder in the death of the infant.

Lee County EMS went to Hollan's apartment on Thursday and found the child dead. An autopsy on Friday revealed the injuries, troopers said.

Hollan was being held in the three Forks Regional Jail on Saturday. Jail officials did not know if he had an attorney.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-04-26-08 0914EDT

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  • by anonymous Location: everywhere on May 6, 2008 at 02:46 PM
    whether she did anything or not to the baby, she still was abused by him and she should have gotten out of the relationship. her family and friends that knew about it could have done something to help her and since they didnt her baby happened to be in harms way. now he will pay the penalty for it and pray she wont do any time either for her choice to stay with him.
  • by a-new-mommy Location: Beattyville on May 5, 2008 at 05:38 AM
    I do not have any clue how anyone can defend her right now, even those of you who are close to her. Even if she was my sister in this situation I would feel the same way. He may have done the deed, but if that baby was already hurt, and if she KNEW THAT HE WAS ABUSIVE, then she's just as guilty as he is. Why don't some of you who know her so well have any excuses as to why she's still visiting that monster? I'm a young mother of a 4 month old myself, and I know that if I saw the slightest clue that my baby could be in danger, I would go to any lengths to protect my baby, no matter what the cost. I would say that I hope she has to live with the guilt of it for the rest of her life, but if she never even shed a tear til the funeral, I guess she doesn't have much remorse, does she? And what kind of mother is on the internet right after her baby's death? Not much of one. I hope both of them rot in hell for what they've done, because to me, even THAT isn't enough punishment.
  • by to beattyville manor resident Location: People are watching on May 1, 2008 at 03:31 PM
    Then why is Ashley visiting the babys daddy in prison, the day her baby was burried? Answer that. Look at the visitian records for three forks for Sunday and you will see her name and the person she was visiting Billy, so no she dont need to be left alone, she needs a cell right next to him!
  • by Resident of the manor Location: beattyville on May 1, 2008 at 01:15 PM
    you know its really bad about what happend and the way some of the residents acted while the EMS where there was uncalled for because before it happend the manor was dead there was no one out and about but as soon as the call went over the scanners all of the ppl just spilled out into the breaze ways i understand they live there and they have the right to know what was happing to a point but a slect few went over the line i think about what should happen to billy is he should remain in prions for the rest of his life how long or short that may be and as for ashely she has been through alot everone needs to leave her alone
  • by someone Location: beattyville on Apr 30, 2008 at 02:48 PM
    hey i knew the mother better than anyof u and all she ever talked about was that baby she wouldn't go a minute without saying something about her.That child was her world right know she hates herself b/c she said that she was her mother and she was suppost to be their when she needed her and i know for a fact that ashley would never hurt that child because even if ashley thought that haylei had something wrong with her ashley took her to the doctor.If their was all this stuff a matter with her child then how come the doctors didn;t tell her i blame them because if their was something wrong with her child she would be whipping a**es and taking names until she found out who had hurt her child. Plus her baby was only 4 months old not five. Right know ashley is having a really hard time and i wish i could be their for her. Also ash always talked about how smart her baby was and how she was finishing high school and just got accepted into college she did that for her child not 4 herself luv
  • by kymom Location: beattyville on Apr 30, 2008 at 02:44 PM
    All you people who claim to know Ashley, You must not know her to well, or you yourself would know how she claimed to be abused at billys hands all the time, I know her and I have heard her say so many many times how billy mistreated her, so you see if she LOVED her baby as much as she claims or you all claim she does, then why did she leave it alone with a man who abused her?
  • by anon Location: USA on Apr 30, 2008 at 01:21 PM
    It has not yet been proven that billy is guilty, there are plenty of innocent people on death row or behind bars, so all you people who think you know what happened and have him already hung, Think if it were your child being accused of this crime, would you still be saying the same things? I dont think so. He may have not hurt that baby, alot of people handled that baby that day also, read the papers. in trying to save that baby more injury could have been done to her. Only God knows for sure..But I am hoping that Billy's parents, who are good people do not read this because they have been hurt enough also and are grieving for the loss of Haylei and Billy..God rest Little haylei
  • by AMOM Location: formerly from Beattyville on Apr 30, 2008 at 10:13 AM
    BOTTOM LINE...An innocent child was MURDERED! She was left in the hands of a monster, her father, this monster killed her. How can anyone do such a horrible thing to a defenseless baby? I hope every second of the rest of this mans miserable life that he is haunted by the sound of little Haylie's cry as he took her life. And I still say anyone who knew of the abuse in any way is as guilty as he is! How can a woman be abused herself and not see the signs of abuse that could be directed toward her own child? The baby should have been put first and protected at all cost. Sadly, this was not the case and little Haylie paid the price--with her life. God Bless you Haylie.
  • by someone Location: beattyville on Apr 30, 2008 at 07:53 AM
    I have known Ashley for a long time, and I DO NOT THINK THAT she would have had any part in this awful thing that happened.and for all you people thats leaving all these harsh, mean, hurtful, and hateful comments you should stop cause she just lost her sweet little baby girl in a blink of an eye, she is grieving alot u just dont know how much!!! and for that person that wrote she was just doing this for attention i think you need to shut the **** up, cause shes not. and i feel real bad for her she was a loving mother that was planning her life with her baby. SO DONT JUDGE PEOPLE SHES A GRIEVING PARENT AND IF YOU DONT EVEN KNOW HER YOU SHOULDNT EVEN BE SAYING ALL THAT BULL **** EVEN IF YOU DO U STILL SHOULDNT
  • by Brandi Location: Winchester Ky Former resident of beattyville on Apr 30, 2008 at 07:16 AM
    I think that billy should be treated the same way the little 5 month old girl was treated but a worse just sticking him in jail is no punishment he gets 3 meals a day a bed to sleep in and no bills


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