During his first court appearance on Monday morning, Kimrey wore body armor as while five armed guards surrounded him.
Kimrey, 32, is also charged with obstruction of justice, second-degree burglary, felony larceny and possession of stolen property. Sixteen hours after the announcement of Kimrey's arrest, County Onslow sheriff, Hans Miller, said the girl's body was found by diving teams around 5:30 pm. on Saturday. Her body was found on December 1 in a creek in Pender County, miles from her Onslow County home.
The medical examiner still needs to identify the body, but investigators are confident it is Mariah, Lynch said.
The 3-year-old North Carolina girl who was the center of an Amber Alert may have been sexually abused by her mother's live-in boyfriend, according to new court documents. "The defendant acted with deceit and intent to fraud".
According to state records, Kimrey has a criminal past including a larceny charge, and assault and drunk and disorderly conduct. "It's unbelievable, this community coming together", she said. The toddler's father, however, didn't believe Hunter's claim that she was taken from the home. I called the aunt yesterday and they were in tears. She said items have come from all over the country and from places such as Japan and the United Kingdom. "Something so tragic has impacted our own children that are still here with us".
"My last memory of her was feeding her and putting her to bed", Kristy said on November 27 to ABC affiliate WCTI.
"My main concern was hoping to bring this little girl home. I can't imagine the pain the family must feel", Graves said.
As investigators continue to gather evidence in the case, people in the community are leaning on one another for support.
"It just really, really resonated, and the sad part is that there are so many children out there that are missing and are exploited", said Clendenin. The disappearance of three-year-old Mariah Kay Woods resulted in a five-day search with participants from the Onslow County Sheriff's Office (OCSO), the Federal Bureau of Investigation and hundreds of local residents that volunteered their time.
Kristy Woods, the children's mother, knew of the sexual abuse and allegedly "failed to protect the juveniles from exposure to sexual abuse", the document alleged.
An FBI spokesperson said Sunday that the case is now a state homicide investigation and the agency will no longer be involved.