Jersey was at Holly's house the night before her body was found. Holly and his wife, Amanda Holly, often babysat Jersey and her younger sister, according to court documents.
Jersey's mother, DesaRae Bridgeman, told police she went next door to visit the couple after she came home from work. Then, Holly carried Jersey to the Bridgeman house, while Jersey's mother carried Jersey's younger sister, and they placed them in bed.
When DesaRae Bridgeman woke up the next morning, Jersey was missing from the bed where her 2-year-old sister was still sleeping, according to court documents.
DesaRae Bridgeman looked around the house, then asked Zachary and Amanda Holly to help her before calling 911 to report Jersey missing, according to court documents.
Police searched the Bridgeman and Holly homes before an officer noticed the back door of a nearby vacant house was open. Officers entered the house and found the girl's body.
During an interview with authorities that day, Zachary Holly denied having anything to do with Jersey's disappearance or death, police said in a court document. They said he was cooperative and agreed to give detectives swabs of his cheek for DNA tests.
Holly was being held without bond at the Benton County Jail. He is due back in court Feb. 28.