3-year-old Mariah Woods from Jacksonville, North Carolina grabbed nationwide attention after she was reported missing by her mother at the end of November. Authorities initially believed that the child was abducted from her bedroom in the middle of the night, so they immediately issued an Amber Alert in hopes of bringing her home safely.
However, after further investigation, it was determined that Woods was deceased. The boyfriend of Woods’ mother, Earl Kimrey, was arrested in connection with the 3-year-old’s death and her remains were found shortly after in a nearby creek.
Kimrey is currently facing multiple charges including concealing of death (disposing of the dead body, which he reportedly knew occurred from unnatural causes), obstruction of justice, second-degree burglary, felony larceny, and possession of stolen property.
He appeared in court on Monday, December 4th, in an attempt to lower his bail, but the judge ruled that he remain on a $1.1 million bond. His next court appearance is on December 18th.
Kimrey also has a criminal history including assault charges, threatening a government official, and being drunk and disorderly. However, court documents obtained by JD News on Tuesday revealed that Kimrey possibly had other concerning elements from his past.
Woods’ biological father Alex Woods, who expressed concern on national television and predicted that Woods’ mother and/or her boyfriend hurt his daughter, previously attempted to get custody of Woods and her two brothers.
In the court documents, several acts of abuse are detailed.
According to the documents, Kimrey sexually abused the 3-year-old girl and physically abused her brothers, including one incident where he whipped them with belts and caused one young boy to have a nosebleed. The documents also state that Woods’ mother knew about the abuse and failed to protect her beloved children.
Please continue to keep this family in your prayers during this difficult time. In other recent news, Ivanka Trump is facing cruel criticism for her recent outfit choices.