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Father of missing 3-year-old girl questions how she was taken without anyone noticing

Alex Woods, the biological father of a missing 3-year-old girl said it's hard to believe nobody heard anything when she was allegedly taken Sunday night after being put to bed at her home in Jacksonville, N.C. (WCTI)

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WCTI) - The biological father of a missing 3-year-old girl said it's hard to believe nobody heard anything when she was allegedly taken Sunday night after being put to bed.

"Somebody just, walked right up in there, grabbed the three-year-old out the bed - she didn't cry, she didn't scream. Nobody heard nothing," Alex Woods explained, claiming four people were in the house at the time, including her two younger brothers.

Mariah Wood's mother reported her missing Monday morning. She lives with a boyfriend.

"It didn't seem real," he said, calling the news of her disappearance a "nightmare."

"Somebody just comes up and snatches the baby up and walks out?" he questioned.


Both Woods and his partner said they are hoping for the best, but right now they said something just doesn't feel right.

When asked if he thought Mariah was abducted, Woods simply replied "no."

Instead, Woods believes his ex wife and her boyfriend "have something to do with it."

He and his girlfriend said they've had custody issues with Mariah's biological mother. Woods said he hasn't seen his daughter in a year, even though he claims he should be seeing her on the weekends, per a custody agreement.

The couple, speaking with WCTI alleged there was abuse in the home.

The FBI joined the investigation Tuesday, and searched the house where Mariah was last seen.

She is described as a 3-year-old White female, approximately 2 feet 9 inches tall, weighing 30 pounds. She has blond hair and blue eyes.

Law enforcement authorities have interviewed both her mother and the live-in boyfriend.

If you have any information regarding this incident, call the Onslow County Sheriff immediately at (910) 455-3113, or call 911.

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