The boyfriend of Mariah Woods’ mother was charged with first-degree murder on Wednesday as it was revealed that the 3-year-old girl died from chloroform poisoning.
Mariah’s body was found in a remote part of Pender County in North Carolina on Dec. 2, and suspect Earl Kimrey was arrested at the time and slapped with several charges, including obstruction of justice.
An autopsy and additional testing found that her cause of death was "chloroform toxicity," the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office said.
"The death of a child is always a sobering reminder of how fragile life is," Sheriff Hans Miller said in a statement. "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." Mariah Woods died from chloroform poisoning, officials say. Mariah was reported missing from her Jacksonville, N.C., home on the morning of Nov. 27. Kimrey told investigators that Mariah had gotten up after her mother was asleep, but said she was sent back to bed.
Kimrey said that he left the home […]