Mom’s friend admits killing her 3-year-old daughter with chloroform to smoke meth to avoid the death penalty

Five years after 3-year-old Mariah Woods was reported missing and found dead, her mother’s household friend pleaded guilty to killing her with chloroform to smoke meth and avoid the death penalty.

The kid was reported missing on November 27, 2017 by Adolphus Earl Kimrey from her home in Jacksonville, North Carolina. The community responded with an extensive search involving more than 700 people. About a week later, her body was found stuffed in a sofa cushion by a dive team in Shelter Creek.

A witness came Forward to tell investigators they saw Kimrey place an item “larger than a book bag” in a van the night before Woods was reported missing.

Police obtained a search warrant and found suspicious items in the vehicle, including zip ties, hair ties, white socks, a pink jacket and white toddler pants. Items were also confiscated from the home, including bleach, duct tape, syringes and a shovel.

Autopsy test results determined the cause of death was chloroform toxicity.

Kimrey should be brought to justice after admitting his guilt.

District Attorney Ernie Lee said Monday Kimrey told two inmates that he used chloroform on the child to put her to sleep so he could take methamphetamine. He also said the child’s mother, Kristy Chavez, was unaware that he used chloroform on the child.

“My family and I will never be the same again. Something will always be missing. My sons were tortured, taken away and to this day cannot understand why she was taken from us.” said the mother in court.

Kimrey plead guilty to first-degree murder and child abuse as part of a plea deal that would allow him to avoid the death penalty and instead spend his life behind bars without the possibility of parole.

Here is a local news report on the incident:

Man accused of killing Mariah Woods pleads guilty to murder and child Mom’s friend admits killing her 3-year-old daughter with chloroform to smoke meth to avoid the death penalty

Laura Coffey

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