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Mom Murders 11-Year-Old Daughter, Then Takes 700-Mile, Cross-Country Road Trip With Dead Body In Trunk

She was caught after getting into a minor accident.

A mother has been charged with concealment of a deceased human body after her daughter's body was found near a highway in West Virginia.

According to the Pocahontas Times, Erica Newsome, of Jacksonville, Florida, struck a guardrail when a couple saw her removing and disposing a body from her car. It belonged to her daughter, 11-year-old Kaye-lea Plummer.

Authorities found the woman and the body of her daughter on a road. “It was obvious that the 11-year-old did not die from injuries from the accident,” State Police Sergeant Herby Barlow said. “Her injuries were non-motor vehicle injuries.” 

According to authorities, Newsome told police that she had killed her daughter and was abusive to her.

She shared that the child’s father lived in Buffalo, New York and that's where she was driving toward. The father says that he hasn't seen his daughter since 2014 after the couple separated. 

"I can’t even wrap my head around what even would have made (my wife) snap," Donath Plummer said. "That’s exactly what that mugshot looked like. Something pushed her over the edge and she snapped."

ActionNewsJax adds that there is no confirmation on a cause of death, but foul play is suspected. The investigation is still active. Newsome is being held in the Southern Regional Jail. Her cash bond was set at $50,000.

 [Photo: West Virginia Regional Jail & Correctional Facility Authority] 

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