• Search

3 Year Old Mariah Woods Was Sexually Abused For Months Before Murder

The juvenile brothers of Mariah Woods were physically abused and witnessed some of the sexual abuse she received.

Onslow County, NC – Court records released by the father of Mariah Woods say that she was sexually abused by her mother’s live-in boyfriend, Earl Kimrey, for months before her death.

Mariah’s biological father, Alex Woods, said that he photographed some of the paperwork that Onslow County Child Protective Services (CPS) gave him on Friday, Dec. 1, about his two sons, ages five and 10, and sent the photos to HLN television network.

The names of the two sons were not released.

On Tuesday morning, Dec. 5, Alex Woods allowed The Daily News to photograph and review the paperwork, which included a juvenile summons and notice of hearing. The documents also note that the two boys have been placed in DSS custody temporarily, according to The Daily News.

The documents go into detail about physical and sexual abuse allegedly committed by Kimrey, the boyfriend of Mariah’s mother Kristy Woods, to Mariah and her two brothers.

The allegations include Kimrey hitting both of the brothers with a belt, which caused one of the boys to suffer a bloody nose.

The report said, “The respondent mother [Kristy Woods] failed to protect the juveniles from discipline by Mr. Kimrey. The respondent parents have a history of exposing the juveniles to adult situations and conversation during their ongoing custody battle.”

One of the brothers told social workers that he had witnessed Kimrey sexually abusing Mariah, and said her mom knew about the abuse, and as well as Kimrey’s drug use. The child also had knowledge of Kimrey’s alleged drug abuse of marijuana, heroin, and methamphetamine.

Mariah Woods disappeared from her Jacksonville home on Nov. 27, according to CBS News. Her disappearance sparked a massive search including state and local police, the FBI, and hundreds of volunteers. Her remains were found in a creek in Pender County, about 25 miles from her home, on Saturday, Dec. 2.

Mariah’s mother said she last saw the child about 11 p.m. on Nov. 27, when she went to check on her. Kimrey said he last saw her about midnight on the same date, when she got up and he told her to go back to bed.

Her cause of death has not yet been released, and Kimrey remains the suspect in her murder. Although Kimrey has not yet been charged with Mariah’s murder, he was charged on Friday, Dec. 1, with hiding the girl’s body knowing she did not die of natural causes and obstruction of justice.

Part of Kimrey’s warrant reads that he “did conceal Mariah Woods’ death and body, knowing that Mariah Woods died from unnatural causes,” according to Fox News.

According to the warrant, Kimrey “secretly disposed of the dead child’s body.”

Alex Woods and Kristy Woods have been in an ongoing custody battle for Mariah for months, and he said that he had not seen the child since June, 2016.

The CPS documents that Alex Woods photographed are dated December 1, and include a juvenile summons and notice of hearing, as well as notes that both of her brothers had been temporarily placed in CPS custody.

The documents include notes from interviews of both juvenile brothers, which read “the court believes there is a reasonable basis to believe that the boys have been exposed to a substantial risk of physical injury or sexual abuse because of the parent, guardian, custodian, or caretaker has created conditions likely to cause injury or abuse or has failed to provide, or is unable to provide, adequate supervision or protection.”

The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office has a history of calls to Mariah’s home, for reports dated 2011-2017 including a missing person (Kimfrey); intoxicated and disruptive, resist, delay, or obstruct a police officer, and obstruction of justice charges (Kimrey was charged); and a report of an assault on a juvenile with minor injuries.

Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller said “We’re not ruling out anything. We go where the evidence takes us.”

GinnyReed - December Fri, 2017

Newsletter

Sign up to our daily newsletter so you don't miss out on the latest events surrounding law enforcement!

Follow Me

Follow us on social media and be sure to mark us as "See First."