Serving Hohenwald, Lewis County Tennessee Since 1898

Glimpses of Hohenwald's Past

Series: Glimpses of Hohenwalds Past | Story 189

April 22, 1954

A four-month-old girl who had been kidnapped in Newport, KY was found in Hohenwald. Billie Marie Kemplin had entrusted her children to a babysitter identified as Betty Eglee. Upon returning from work, Kemplin discovered her three older children alone and the babysitter, along with the infant, missing. The babysitter had hitched a ride with a truck driver to Nashville. There, she met a couple at a hotel restaurant and falsely claimed to be Betty Miller, stated that the child belonged to her. The couple, who did not have children of their own, agreed to adopt the child. Two days l...


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