Autopsy reveals new details in disappearance and death of 3-year-old Mariah Woods

Junie Sihlangu
Jul 19, 2018
08:18 A.M.
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Last November, 3-year-old Mariah Woods from North Carolina went missing from her home. Her body was found a few days later on December 2, 2017.


On Wednesday, an autopsy of her body was finally released that revealed the many injuries the little girl suffered. WRAL-TV reported in January on who the suspect for the child's murder was.

Mariah Woods, 3, was reported missing from her Jacksonville home on November 27, 2017. At the time, The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that an Amber Alert was issued.

The Fayetteville police found the little girl’s body 5 days later in a creek in Pender County, about 30 miles from her home. An autopsy report released on Wednesday gave the details about the girl’s death.


For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. Her body was found wrapped inside three white plastic trash bags, then stuffed inside a plaid couch cushion cover along with a chunk of cement and rocks.

"We suspect this chemical was used to disable the child, and according to the autopsy report, it led to her death, which is real unfortunate, as we all know."


Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller, WRAL-TV, January 24, 2018

The report said Woods suffered traumatic injuries to her face and head. She had abrasions over her left, upper eyelid, over her nose, and beneath her chin.


A faint purple bruise adjacent to the left eye and two hemorrhages on her scalp were also detected. The actual cause of death was given as ‘chloroform poisoning.’


Chloroform is a volatile chemical used as an anesthetic in small doses. According to Raleigh's WRAL-TV, it could be toxic in large amounts.

Earl Kimrey, 32, the boyfriend of the child's mother, Kristy Woods, was charged with first-degree murder and felony child abuse. In February, prosecutors had revealed that they planned to seek the death penalty against Kimrey.

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