Mom's boyfriend charged with murder in 3-year-old's death

AP News
Posted: Jan 24, 2018 11:55 AM

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina officials have charged a woman's live-in boyfriend with murder in the death of her 3-year-old girl. They say the child died of chloroform poisoning.

The Onslow County Sheriff's Office said in a news release that 32-year-old Earl Kimrey was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder and felony child abuse in the death of Mariah Woods. Mariah's body was found Dec. 2 in a creek in Pender County. She had been reported missing from her home on Nov. 27.

Kimrey previously had been charged with lesser crimes, including obstruction of justice and concealing a death.

A first-appearance court hearing was scheduled Wednesday afternoon for Kimrey, who's being held without bond. His attorney, Walter Paramore, didn't immediately respond to a phone message seeking comment.