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Kimrey faces judge on charges relating to 3-year-old Mariah Woods' death

At left, Earl Kimrey. At right, Mariah Woods. (Onslow County Sheriff's Office; family photo)

UPDATE:

ONSLOW COUNTY, N.C. (WCTI) - Earl Kimrey appeared in court Monday morning to face charges relating to the death of 3-year-old Mariah Woods.

Sheriff Hans Miller with the Onslow County Sheriff's Office attended the appearance, along with a few other officers.

Kimrey already had a lawyer representing him when he entered the courtroom. His bond remains at $1.01 million.

Kimrey's next court date is scheduled for Dec. 18.

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ORIGINAL STORY:

ONSLOW COUNTY, N.C. (WCTI) - Earl Kimrey will make his first appearance in an Onlsow County courtroom since being arrested on charges related to the death of 3-year-old Mariah Woods.

A dive team found Mariah's body in Pender County on Saturday. Investigators had arrested Kimrey earlier that day. Kimrey is the boyfriend of Mariah's mother, Kristy.

In court Monday, Kimrey will be charged with obstruction of justice for not reporting the girl's death and with concealing her body. He will also be charged with larceny, breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods.

The warrant accuses him of breaking into a home near the home where he lived with Mariah's mother, Mariah and her two older brothers. Investigators say Kimrey took two dressers from what appears to be an unlived-in home on High Hill Road.

Judge Louis Foy Jr. is scheduled to preside over Kimrey's first appearance in the morning session.

The Onslow County district attorney could file more charges in Mariah's death once an autopsy is completed. Preliminary results could come as soon as Monday.

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