After Two Long Years, Ricky Holland Will Finally Be Laid to Rest
Posted by KindraLore on April 17, 2007
I have followed this story from the beginning and blogged about it here, and it’s a gut wrenching tale of abuse, torture and neglect of this child . This little angel will remain forever in my heart. I am so glad that finally, not only has justice been served for Little Ricky Holland, but after two long years, he will finally be laid to rest.
Ricky Holland Finally Being Laid to Rest
Nearly two years after Ricky Holland’s death, the 7-year-old Williamston boy will finally be laid to rest. An Ingham County judge ordered quick action, giving the state 45 days to bury Ricky Holland.
It’s taken a long time to get to this point, but after a number of court delays, the state reached a compromise with the Holland families. There will be two separate memorials, one for Tim Holland’s family, one for Lisa Holland’s family. Both will be private, both will have fewer than 50 people and both must happen within 45 days.
While the families hold services, the court ordered that the state will keep control of Ricky’s remains just in case there are any legal appeals. It’s taken 560 days to get to this point, but a clear plan is taking shape.
Dr. Dean Sienko, Ingham County Medical Examiner: “I’m going to start working on this. I’m not going to say that it will be done in a week, but I’m not going to delay on it, and we will meet the conditions of this court.”
Annette Skinner, guardian for the Holland children: “There’s going to be a private memorial service. The age of the kids, the things they’ve been through, it’s important that we keep it small and try to control the environment at this point.”
So at this point, just two private memorials planned, but attorneys did leave open the possibility of a public service too. The judge signed off on a compromise, a deal that protects the state’s interests and the needs of the Holland family.
The Holland family attorney says they wanted to keep things private for Ricky’s siblings. The 7 year old will likely be buried above ground, just in case his remains are needed again.
Dr. Dean Sienko: “We will store them appropriately, so that in the event that the court would want the remains to further investigate, we’ll be able to do that.”
Both sides admit details of the court order still need to be worked out, but 560 days since Ricky’s murder, they call it a big step toward closure in the case. This was, of course, such a public case in the last two years, and while no public service is planned at this point, attorneys for the family still say a public memorial is still very possible.