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Man Arrested In Mariah Woods Case Held On $1M Bail

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A man charged with withholding information from North Carolina authorities in the Mariah Woods case is now being held on a $1 million bail.

Earl Kimrey, the 32-year-old live-in boyfriend of 3-year-old Mariah's mother, Kristy Woods, is now in the Onslow County Detention Center, reports

He will appear in court on Dec. 18.

Kimrey is accused of "removing Mariah Woods' body from the scene of her death" and withholding information from investigators searching for the missing child.

He has been charged with concealing of death, obstruction of justice, second-degree burglary, felon larceny and possession of stolen property.

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An arrest warrant alleges he "did conceal Mariah Woods death and body, knowing that Mariah Woods died from unnatural causes," according to The News & Observer. The warrant also says he lied about the act in an attempt to mislead.

Kimrey was arrested two days after his girlfriend, Kristy, held a press conference where she tearfully begged for her daughter back.

"Please, bring her back ... she's my baby, she's my everything," Kristy told the media. "[To] just to be able to touch her and hold her and not let her go again. I'd give anything."

Court records reveal Kimrey had a criminal record dating back to 2005, WRAL reports. His previous charges include larceny, assault and drunk and disorderly conduct.

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Mariah was reported missing on Nov. 27. After an extensive search that involved hundreds of volunteers and the FBI, she was found dead in a creek on Dec. 2. An official identification of the remains has not yet been made.

"I'm very saddened to report to you that we have recovered what we believe are the remains of little Mariah Wood," Onslow County Sheriff Hans J. Miller said. "We were all hoping for a better outcome."

Local community members were heartbroken after learning the child died.

"This whole community has been on pins and needles hoping we would find her alive, and Saturday when [the news] broke, it devastated a lot of us," said Tisha Christy, a neighbor.

Locals have created a memorial with flowers and stuffed animals near her home, and are holding vigils.

"I was sad for her," 7-year-old Kiera Ezel said. "I wanted to bring her two gifts."

"My daughter wanted to give Mariah one of her own teddy bears just to show her that we love her," added Megan James, who has a child the same age as Mariah.

"It's impacting our children," community member Anna Rust explained. "Something so tragic has impacted our own children that are still here with us. We just have to hold onto our kids and watch over them."

Sources: ABC NewsThe News & Observer, WRAL (2) / Featured Image: Rainerzufall1234/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Onslow County Sheriff's Office via WRAL, FBI via The News & Observer

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