Toddler Allegedly Killed By Mother's Boyfriend

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A North Carolina man is suspected of killing his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter.

Mariah Woods was reported missing from her bed on Nov. 27 when her mother, Kristy Woods, went into her bedroom to wake her up and found she was gone, the Daily Mail reports.

She revealed that the last person to see her daughter was her live-in boyfriend, 32-year-old Earl Kimrey, an alleged meth and heroin addict.

Mariah's father, Alex, immediately suspected Kimrey.

"Someone just walked right up in there, grabbed the 3-year-old out of the bed and she didn't cry, she didn't scream?" he asked after Mariah disappeared. "Nobody heard anything? Four people in the house, two adults and two kids, someone just comes up and snatches the baby and walks out?"

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In an appearance on local television, Kristy begged tearfully for the safe return of Mariah. "I love her. I'll do anything that I can, whatever you want."

The FBI searched a site in Pender County in addition to multiple sites in Onslow County, as reported by WTCI.

On Dec. 2, divers recovered Mariah's body from the bottom of Holly Shelter Creek along Shaw Highway in Pender County creek about 25 miles from Mariah's home in Jacksonville.

Kimrey was charged in connection with Mariah's death. 

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"It was too late to save Mariah the moment the 911 call came in," FBI agent Stanley Meador said of the call the girl's mother made Dec. 4 to report her missing. "The arrest warrants are public record and the records speaks for themselves. We will not discuss any details related to the homicide investigation."

Warrants say that Kimrey moved Mariah's body from where she died, but do not speculate on how she was killed.

Kimrey is also suspected of sexually abusing Mariah before her death.

According to Child Protection Service documents, a witness who lived in the same trailer as Kimrey and his girlfriend saw Kimrey putting "his penis in the mouth" of the toddler.

The agency also reports that Mariah's mother, 29, "knew Mr. Kimrey was sexually abusing the juvenile Mariah."

On Dec. 2, Kimrey was brought before a judge to be charged with concealing a death, obstruction of justice, burglary, larceny and possession of stolen property, and is now being held in county jail on a bond of $1,010,000. 

Mariah's father is demanding custody of his two sons, who have been in the custody of Kristy.

Sources: Daily Mail, WCTI / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: Kristy Woods/Facebook and Onslow County Sheriff's Office via Daily Mail

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