St. Paul man accused of punching woman carrying his child


An 18-year-old St. Paul man has been charged with homicide after being accused of punching in the stomach the woman carrying his unborn child.

The Pioneer Press reports that Jessy Jordan Holtzkamp, 18, was charged Monday in Pierce County, Wis., with attempted first-degree homicide of an unborn child, aggravated battery of an unborn child and battery.

According to the PiPress, police were called to a hotel Prescott on July 10, and found Krystal Alters-Meulemans, 27, who was about three months pregnant, lying on a motel bed in the fetal position and crying.

She said Holtzkamp had punched her in the stomach several times in an effort to end her pregnancy, according to the criminal complaint.

Hotlzcamp did tell investigators that the two had been arguing at the hotel, the Pioneer Press reports. He said he only "poked" Alters-Meulemans' stomach and then said he "pokes it with a punch," the complaint says, according to the paper. He later said he had not punched her at all.

Some news accounts say Holtzkamp is from Prescott, but the Pioneer Press says he's from St. Paul, and a second-year high school senior.

His Facebook page, which carries "friend" messages defending him, lists his hometown as St. Paul and says he is enrolled in the High School for Recording Arts.

He also has posted original rap videos to YouTube.

The Pioneer Press reports that the criminal complaint says Holtzkamp intended to cause a miscarriage, but that the woman did not lose the child.

The attempted homicide charge carries a maximum sentence of 60 years in prison, according to the St. Paul paper. Holtzkamp was being held Tuesday in the Pierce County Jail on a $10,000 cash bond, with a bail hearing scheduled for Friday.

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