Mariah Woods was allegedly sexually abused by mom’s boyfriend before death
A man accused of dumping his girlfriend’s daughter in a creek sexually abused the 3-year-old before she died, according to court documents.
Earl Kimrey, who is accused of disposing Mariah Woods’ body in Pender County, N.C., allegedly abused the toddler and her two brothers, according to court documents cited by the Jacksonville Daily News.
The toddler’s body, which was found in a muddy creek about 25 miles away from her home in Jacksonville, was positively identified on Wednesday more than a week after her mother Kirsty Woods first reported her missing on Nov. 27.
Kimrey, who faces several charges including concealing of death and obstruction of justice, is being held on $1million bond. He has not been charged with the toddler’s murder.
In documents provided by the children’s biological father Alex Woods, Kirsty Woods allegedly knew her live-in boyfriend was sexually abusing the 3-year-old girl.
Kimrey also sexually abused Mariah Woods’ two brothers, beat them with a belt, and left one boy with a bloody nose when he hit him in the face, according to the documents.
Kirsty Woods said her boyfriend was the last to see Mariah Woods alive when the little girl woke up around midnight on Nov. 26.
The mother, who woke up the next morning to find Mariah missing from her bed, reported her daughter missing on Nov. 27.
An Amber Alert was issued, and investigators found Mariah’s body on Dec. 2 in a remote part of Pender County after an extensive search that involved hundreds of volunteers.
Investigators have not disclosed how Mariah died, although an arrest warrant for Kimrey said he removed Mariah Woods’ body from the scene of her death, and “secretly disposed of the dead child’s body.”