A North Carolina man, already in custody, was charged Wednesday with a first-degree murder and felony child abuse in the death of Mariah Wood after the results of the autopsy and additional testing were revealed. According to the North Carolina Onslow County Sheriff’s Office, the 3-year-old girl was killed by chloroform toxicity. It was still unclear how Mariah came into contact with the substance.
Mariah’s dead body parts were found by a group of divers a few days later after she was reported missing on December 2 in a small creek in Pender County, North Carolina.
Adolphus Earl Kimrey II, 32, was behind the bars when new charges were announced against him approximately two months after his step-daughter disappeared on November 29 in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Kimrey was initially charged with obstruction of justice, concealing a death, second-degree burglary and larceny and possession of stolen goods.
Kimrey lived with Kristy Woods, Mariah’s mother, at their residence of 2400 block of Dawson Cabin Road in Jacksonville. Woods said that she saw the girl the previous night before she went to bed. When police officers arrived their house the first time, they found no evidence of an outsider entering the house. The same night when Mariah disappeared, there were only five people in the house: Kimrey and Woods, Mariah, and her two older brothers.
Alex Woods, Mariah’s biological father told Child Protective Services that Kimrey sexually abused Mariah and hit her two brothers with a belt. According to the documents, one of the boys told their mother that Kimrey was sexually abusing Mariah.
Kimrey has a criminal history in the county records, including an arrest in 2012, an assault of a juvenile in 2016, property damage at the house in 2016 and communication threats in the neighborhood.