Mariah Woods's Toxicology Report Leads to Murder Charges for Man Who Sexually Abused Her

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A family and a community have been struggling with grief and looking for justice in the murder case of 3-year-old Mariah Woods for weeks. After her body was found in early December, her mother's live-in boyfriend, Earl Kimrey, was charged with concealing her death and obstruction of justice. The recently released results of her toxicology report have finally brought some answers as well as a murder charge for Kimrey


Mariah Woods's body was found on December 2, 2017, nearly a week after Earl Kimrey reported her missing from her home in Jacksonville, North Carolina. The same day, 32-year-old Kimrey was charged with concealing Woods's death, obstruction of justice, second degree burglary, and multiple other related charges. Since his arrest, Kimrey has been held at the Onslow County Detention Center in Jacksonville. 

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An initial autopsy was performed on Woods on December 4, 2017. While the coroner's office did determine an unnamed preliminary cause of death, additional chemical and toxicology reports were needed for further information. On January 24, 2018, the Onslow County Sheriff's Office posted a news release on Facebook stating that Mariah Woods's official cause of death was determined to be chloroform toxicity. "Chloroform is a chemical used to incapacitate people and in some cases it can take your life and that's what the toxicology report now shows us," Sheriff Hans Miller told NewsChannel 12. "We suspect that this chemical was used to disable the child and according to the autopsy report, it led to her death." 

Onslow County Sheriff's Office

The Onslow County Sheriff's Office did not state how Mariah Woods came into contact with the substance, nor did they state how Kimrey got his hands on the chloroform. 

With news of these findings also came the announcement that Kimrey had been charged with first-degree murder and felony child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury/death. Police officials shared in the news release that Mariah's mother, Kristy Woods, "has been cooperative with the investigation." They also said their investigation has not yet been completed, stating that they "will continue until all leads and information is thoroughly evaluated."

Kimrey appeared in court on Wednesday, January 24, on his new charges. There is no news as to how he pled, but People reports that he remains in police custody without bond.

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"The death of a child is always a sobering reminder of how fragile life is," Sheriff Miller said the news release. "When the community is so deeply affected by such a horrific crime it is sometimes difficult to not allow our emotions to influence the decisions that we make. However, the best way to honor Mariah is to ensure a fair and thorough investigation, which will lead to a successful prosecution. We must remember that through these moments, together, as a community we can ensure that justice will be delivered for Mariah. We sincerely thank the community for their patience and support through this entire investigation.” 

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