Mariah Woods case: DA seeks death penalty against boyfriend of child’s mom

Photos of Mariah Kay Woods
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The death of a 3-year-old North Carolina girl who was the subject of a weeklong Amber Alert search is being treated as capital murder.

Fourth Prosecutorial District Attorney Ernie Lee on Thursday announced plans to seek the death penalty against Adolphus Earl Kimrey II, the boyfriend of Mariah Woods’ mother, according to the Wilmington StarNews. Kimrey, 32, was indicted by an Onslow County grand jury Tuesday.

Mariah was reported missing from a home on Dawson Cabin Road in Jacksonville on Nov. 27, prompting an Amber Alert.

More than 200 members of 14 local, state and federal agencies assisted in a search that ended Dec. 2, when an FBI spokeswoman said the child’s remains were found in a creek along Shaw Highway in Pender County.


Kimrey initially was charged with concealing a death, obstruction of justice, second-degree burglary, felony larceny and possession of stolen property, according to arrest records. An arrest warrant said Kimrey “secretly disposed of the dead child’s body.”

On Jan. 24, Kimrey was charged with first degree murder and felony child abuse, after an autopsy revealed Mariah died of chloroform toxicity.

Attorneys representing Kimrey will hear the state’s argument for the death penalty Feb. 26, according to the StarNews report.