On Tuesday night, a father named Kyle Stephen Holder reportedly threw his 2-year-old daughter out of an open window then critically beat her at a Salmon Creek motel. He was arrested on Tuesday night.
The 32-year-old father from Vancouver showed up at the Clark County Superior Court on Wednesday morning. He is suspected of attempted first-degree murder, said The Columbian.
According to sources, the father’s bail was set by Judge Bernard Veljacic at $1 million. The same judge also appointed him a defense attorney. His prosecution will begin on July 8.
Holder assaulted the girl when she was sleeping with her mother, Barbara Keller, in a room inside the motel, where all three were staying, investigators said. It was alleged that Holder walked into the room and picked the little girl up. He then took her her over to the window of the motel room.
The court document said that while he was at the window, Holder proceeded to throw the toddler out the open window onto the cement walkway.
The court affidavit went on to say that the father, after walking outside the motel, picked up the girl and threw her to the ground.
Fortunately, a couple staying next door heard screaming and came outside. According to Donald Gilbert, he saw the father attacking the child. He stopped attacking the child after Gilbert confronted him, said the court affidavit.
A family friend of Holder, Gene Smith, said that a few months ago, the father moved to Washington from Georgia to live closer to Keller’s family. According to revelations made by Smith, the father suffers from alcoholism and drug addiction. He is a patient of intense paranoia and schizophrenia.
However, Smith informed that Holder had been staying off drugs for a long time and had recently started with a job at Wal-Mart, said KOIN 6.
“He’s not a monster. …He’s got a disease,” Smith said. “I know it’s easy to rush to judge … but what happened last night is an episode. This is something nobody ever saw coming.”
Holder talked about his act to the officers. Allegedly, he said that he had to hold his daughter and smash her head so she could go up to the sky.