Arrest made in case of missing 3-year-old NC girl Mariah Woods, believed dead

Police have made an arrest in the disappearance of a 3-year-old North Carolina girl who is now presumed dead.

Authorities arrested Earl Kimery, 32, the live-in boyfriend of Mariah Woods’ mother, in connection with the child’s disappearance on Friday, WRAL reported.

According to the arrest warrant, Kimery lied to authorities about “removing Mariah Woods’ body from the scene of her death and did conceal Mariah Woods’ death and body, knowing that Mariah Woods died from unnatural causes. The defendant acted with deceit and intent to fraud.”

“Due to evidence gathered during the course of the investigation, it is believed that Mariah Woods is deceased. At this time, the location of Mariah Woods is unknown,” a news release from the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office.

Her mother, Kristy Woods, said she last saw Mariah when she checked on her in bed on Sunday around 11 p.m.

Kimery had initially told police that the last time he saw Mariah was at midnight on Sunday when she got out of bed and he told her to go back.

“Please, bring her back … She’s my baby, she’s my everything,” Kristy Woods said at a press conference on Monday. “(I) just to be able to touch her and hold her and not let her go again. I’d give anything.”

The girl’s biological father, Alex Woods, who said he has not seen his daughter in a year, never believed that his daughter was kidnapped.

“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 said. “Nobody heard anything? Four people in the house, two adults and two kids, someone just comes up and snatches the baby and walks out?”

Kimery was charged with concealing a death, obstruction of justice, second-degree burglary, felony larceny, and possession of stolen property, WCTI reported.

Kimrey has a criminal history that dates back to 2005, a larceny conviction in Alamance County. He was given probation and a suspended jail sentence. He was convicted in Onslow County in 2012 of assault or threatening of a government official and being drunk and disorderly. He was given probation and a suspended sentence. In 2015, he was convicted of larceny, this time in Brunswick County. He was given probation and a suspended sentence.

He is being held on a $1,010,000 bond.

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