Early Monday, Holly Main received a terrifying, life-changing phone call. According to the Florida wife and mother, the call came from her husband, 38-year-old Jeremy Main, and what he said was almost unbelievable in its horror — that he had drowned the couple’s 17-month-old daughter, Makenzie, at the family’s home. The moment she hung up the phone, Holly (Farrington) Main called local authorities, who responded to the scene.
As PEOPLE reports, first responders rushed to the Main home in Lady Lake, Florida. What they discovered when they arrived was something out of a nightmare. According to a police report, police found the toddler dead, floating face-down in the home’s master bathtub, the water bloody, her two teenage sisters (Holly Main’s biological daughters) thankfully away at school, and her father Jeremy Main nowhere to be found.
Roughly 30 minutes later, Jeremy Main turned himself in to authorities at the Lake County, Florida, Sheriff’s Department. Records indicate that an injured Main, blood dripping from his slashed wrist, walked through the doors of the facility and allegedly admitted to his role in his 17-month-old daughter’s horrific murder. He also indicated that he’d attempted and failed to end his own life after killing the toddler. It is unclear whether Jeremy Main called his wife before or after he attempted suicide.
“I killed my daughter and failed to kill myself.”
Florida authorities immediately took Jeremy Main into custody, and he has since been charged with first-degree murder in connection with his daughter’s death. According to a police report associated with the case, the father of three told investigators that he and his wife were having marital problems, and that their split was a contributing factor in his allegedly deadly violence against his young daughter.
“He admitted to having marital problems with his wife.”
As the Orlando Sentinel reports, Jeremy Main allegedly admitted that killing his 17-month-old “ruined his life.” After the unthinkable crime, Holly Main’s mother, Barbara Northcutt, admitted to local media that her daughter and son-in-law were dealing with “family issues,” but she refused to elaborate as to the nature.
The Orlando Sentinel also reports that Jeremy Main made a change to his Facebook page on Sunday night, one day before his daughter’s murder. The Florida father reportedly changed his cover photo to one of himself holding 17-month-old Makenzie, the toddler donning a wet swimsuit. On Tuesday, the day after her daughter’s alleged murder, Holly Main also made changes to her Facebook page. The grieving mother posted a loving tribute to her toddler; she also reverted her profile name to “Holly B Farrington,” her maiden name.
Those closest to Florida father Jeremy Main have spoken out in dismay following the news of his daughter’s murder and his alleged role in her death. Main’s sister, Marnee Weakley, reportedly told the Orlando Sentinel that she never believed her “family man” brother would harm one of his kids.
“I totally never in a million years would guess that he would harm his children.”
There may have been some social media clues, however, that all was not well in the household of Florida father Jeremy Main and his wife, who were married in 2015. In a cryptic post from April of this year, Holly Main posted an image along with the words, “Inside every person you know, there’s a person you don’t know.” In 2014, Jeremy Main reportedly posted the question, “If I got arrested, what would you think I did?”
Main is currently being held without bond on first-degree murder charges. He is being represented by executive assistant public defender John Spivey, who says that his client will be undergoing a psychological evaluation in the near future.
“[Jeremy Main] will be psychologically evaluated shortly.”
In Florida, a first-degree murder conviction carries a possible death sentence. It is unclear at this time whether or not prosecutors will seek the death penalty in the Jeremy Main case. The Florida father’s next court appearance is scheduled for November 6.
[Featured Image by Lake County Sheriff’s Office]