JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP/FOX 46 WJZY) — The man accused of withholding information from North Carolina law enforcement about a missing girl’s death said nothing about the case in court today.
The little girl Mariah Woods, the subject of an Amber Alert and massive week-long search was found dead by a police dive team in a creek Saturday about 25 miles from her home in Jacksonville, NC.
Kimrey, the live-in boyfriend of Mariah’s mother was arrested late Friday. The little girl was reported missing by her mother last Monday.
A judge maintained 32-year-old Earl Kimrey’s bond at $1 million as Kimrey made his first appearance Monday at a hearing in Jacksonville.
“At this time, you've been provided the warrants charging you with obstruction of justice, concealing the unnatural death of a child, larceny after breaking and entering, second degree burglary and possession of stolen good, and you understand what all those charges are?” the judge asked Kimrey as he read off the charges.
Kimrey is charged with hiding 3-year-old Mariah Woods’ body knowing she did not die of natural causes and obstruction of justice.
Mariah's death is a homicide investigation, although authorities have not said how the toddler died.
Prosecutors disclosed no new details about the case, and Kimrey’s lawyer Walter Paramore said nothing in his defense.
Investigators say Kimrey is the live-in boyfriend of the girl’s mother. The girl was reported missing Nov. 27. Her body was found Saturday in a creek.
Authorities have said divulged few specifics of the case, including how the girl died. Prosecutors say more charges are possible. Kimrey is due back in court in two weeks.