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New Autopsy Results Offer Chilling Details In North Carolina Toddler's Murder

Mariah Woods’ body was found stuffed inside a couch cushion wrapped inside three plastic trash bags. 

New autopsy results released on Wednesday offer chilling insights into the murder of 3-year-old Mariah Woods.

Woods’ body was found stuffed inside a couch cushion wrapped inside three plastic trash bags, according to the autopsy report reviewed Fox Carolina in Greenville.

The toddler's cause of death was determined to be “chloroform poisoning,” according to the autopsy report. Chloroform is used as an anesthetic. She was also found to have injuries to her head and face.

Woods originally vanished from her mother’s home in Jacksonville, North Carolina in November of last year, Oxygen.com reported. Police issued an Amber Alert the day after her disappearance, resulting in a state-wide search using helicopters and drones.

“Please, bring her back,” her mother, Kristy Woods, said at the time. “She’s my baby, she's my everything.”

The toddler lived with her mother and her boyfriend, Adolphus Earl Kimrey II, who was later arrested and charged with her murder.

A dive team found the child’s remains in a nearby creek only days after her initial disappearance, Oxygen.com reported.

Kimrey, 32, was taken into custody in December. He was charged with first-degree murder and felony child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury/death, Oxygen.com reported.

Court documents in the case revealed that Kimrey is also alleged to have sexually assaulted Mariah, as well as two of her brothers. The girl's mother supposedly knew of the abuse, but she has not been charged with a crime.

"Kristy Woods has been cooperative with the investigation and continues to cooperate with the detectives as the investigation continues," the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement delivered in January. "These additional charges do not mean the investigation is concluded but will continue until all leads and information are thoroughly evaluated."

Prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty against Kimrey.

[Photo: Onslow County Public Information Office]

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