Arrest made after missing North Carolina girl presumed dead
Bryan Llenas shares the latest details of the investigation.
An autopsy report released Wednesday provided gruesome details about the death of Mariah Woods, a 3-year-old North Carolina girl whose body was found in a creek in December, days after she was reported missing.
According to the report, the body was found wrapped in white plastic garbage bags, then stuffed in a plaid sofa cushion, along with a piece of cement and stone, Fox Carolina reported.
The girl had suffered traumatic injuries to her face and head, including abrasions on her left, upper eyelid, on her nose and under her chin, according to the report. A soft purple bruise, adjacent to the left eye and two hemorrhages on her scalp were also found.
The cause of death was given as “chloroform poisoning,” the report said.
Chloroform, a volatile chemical used as an anesthetic in small doses can be toxic in large quantities, Raleigh’s WRAL-TV reported.
“We suspect that this chemical substance was used to disable the child, according to the autopsy report, it led to her death, which is really too bad, because we all know,” Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller said, according to the station.
“We suspect that this chemical substance was used to disable the child, according to the autopsy report, it led to her death, that is really too bad, as we all know.”
– Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller
Earl Kimrey, 32, the boyfriend of the child’s mother, Kristy Woods, is charged with first-degree murder and felony child abuse in connection with the death, Fox News previously reported.
Prosecutors said in February that they plan to seek the death penalty against Kimrey.
Mariah had been missing from her Jacksonville home on Nov. 27, and an Amber Alert was issued, the News & Observer of Raleigh reported.
Fayetteville police found the 3-year-old body Dec. 2 in a creek in Pender County, about 30 miles from her home.
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