Boyfriend of Mariah Woods' mother appears in court over toddler's death

Boyfriend of Mariah Woods' mother appears in court over toddler's death

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Mariah was reported missing from her bedroom on Monday, which led to a massive multi-agency search that also included hundreds of volunteers.

Saturday Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller announced that law enforcement officials have found what appears to be the body of missing three-year-old Mariah Woods. At the time, her mother, Kristy Woods, said she put her little girl to bed on Sunday night and woke up to find her gone. A warrant obtained said that Kimrey obstructed justice by "removing Mariah Woods' body from the scene of her death and did hide Mariah Woods' death and body, knowing that Mariah Woods died from unnatural causes". The Fayetteville police dive team recovered what they believe to be Mariah's remains from Shelter Creek in Pender County, Saturday evening. Prosecutors say more charges are possible.

This image released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows the seeking information poster for Mariah Woods.

The warrant goes on to state that Kimrey "secretly disposed of the dead child's body".

The toddler, who was reported missing on November 27, was found dead on Saturday near her Jacksonville, North Carolina home.

"Sadly, it was too late to save Mariah".

"It's been a very hard week", said Onslow County District Attorney Ernie Lee.

An arrest warrant released Saturday morning accused Kimrey of "removing Mariah Woods' body from the scene of the her death, and did hide Mariah Woods death and body, knowing that Mariah Woods died from unnatural causes". The search area is extensive and will expand to cover the entirety of Onslow County, Meador said.

Investigators have not said how Mariah died.

A memorial was set up in Onslow County near the home where Woods lived.

"It's impacting our children", Anna Rust, a fellow mom in the community, told WRAL at a prayer vigil for Mariah.

"It's unreal. It's a nightmare", Alex told local TV station WCTI-12 on Tuesday. "Nobody heard nothing? Four people in the house, two adults and two babies and somebody just comes, snatches the baby up and walks out?"

  • Terrell Bush