Man accused of killing baby Mariah Woods appear in court Monday, Mother of infant still free

The man who is accused of killing 3-year-old Mariah Woods is scheduled to appear in Onslow County Superior Court Monday.

Earl Kimrey 32, will appear before Judge Charles H. Henry alongside his court-appointed attorney Walter Paramore Monday morning, April 23.

Kimrey was originally arrested and charged with obstruction of justice, concealing a death, second-degree burglary and larceny after breaking or entering on Dec. 1. 

On Jan. 24 Kimrey was charged with first-degree murder and felony child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury. An arrest warrant accused Kimrey of “removing Mariah Woods’ body from the scene of her death” and alleged that he “did conceal Mariah Woods death and body, knowing that Mariah Woods died from unnatural causes. The defendant acted with deceit and intent to defraud.”

Kimrey reported Mariah missing on Nov. 27. He told a dispatcher that the last time Mariah was seen was the night before when everyone in the home went to bed, between 8 and 8:30 p.m. Mariah’s autopsy revealed she died of chloroform toxicity. 

Alex Woods, Mariah’s biological father, had been in a custody dispute over Mariah and her two brothers with Kristy Woods during the child’s disappearance.

In Child Protective Service documents, Alex Woods alleges that Kimrey sexually abused Mariah and physically abused the two boys.

Mariah’s mom, Kristy Kay Hunter has not been arrested in the case, and according to inside sources close to the investigation, she will not be charged. Sheriff Hans Miller has dodged the question from the public on whether or not Kristy will be charged in her daughter’s death. In an interview after Kimrey’s last court date, Miller told reporters that they have crossed all t’s and dotted all eyes in the investigation and that they are confident that all leads and tips were followed up on and exhausted.


Many in the Onslow County community still have questions as it relates to Kristy Kay Hunter not being arrested as well as doubts about her not knowing what was happening to her child.

We here at News In Onslow believes that Sheriff Hans Miller is using Mariah Wood’s death as a political move and wants to be looked at as a hero.  

How does a mother not know that her baby is potentially being murdered in the next room? How does a mother not know that her child is in danger? 



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