In April of 2017, 4-year-old Jace Emanuel Higginbotham had been at the home of his grandparents visiting. Living in the home at the time was his uncle, Emanuel Joseph Doll. Jace had been playing with his grandmother when he was summoned to the basement by Doll. There, it’s been alleged that Doll took an ax and murdered the boy.


After hearing noises in the basement, Doll’s parents asked what was going on. Doll replied, “nothing,” before heading to the backyard. Doll had been covered in blood and his parents went to the basement to investigate further. Upon discovering their grandson’s body, Doll’s father dialed 911 to report that his son had killed his grandson in cold blood.

A Colorado NBC affiliate reports that police had been called to the home on 14 different occasions since March of 2016. The details of many of these visits have not been made public since state laws prevent officials from releasing information regarding mental health treatments. The records that have been released reveal that Doll had been prone to violence.

In December of 2014, police were called to the home after Doll had allegedly assaulted his mother. Doll told police that he was disturbed because his mother walking around the home partially clothed. “It was disgusting so I slapped her in the back of the head,” Doll stated. He was charged with third-degree assault and sentenced to a year probation.


Doll had another run-in with police in April of 2016, after he was accused of breaking windows at an apartment complex. He would later plead guilty to charges stemming from the incident, including criminal mischief and obstructing a peace officer. He was sentenced to two years probation.

Currently, Doll is facing two counts of first-degree murder. A preliminary hearing has been set for July 14, 2017.