The Tribune News Service reports that Adolphus Earl Kimrey II, 32, of Jacksonville, North Carolina, has been arrested for the murder of his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter. The girl was reported missing on November 29 by Kimrey, and a dive team found her body a week later on December 2 in a creek.
That same day, Kimrey was charged with concealing a death, obstruction of justice, possession of stolen goods, second-degree burglary and larceny after breaking or entering. He remains in custody awaiting trial. This week, additional charges of first-degree murder and felony child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury were added to his list of allegations, says TNS.
An autopsy of the girl determined she was killed by chloroform. The case has not been closed and is ongoing, according to investigators.
The victim lived with her mother, Kristy Woods, who put her and her brothers to bed November 28. She was reported missing the following day. Kimrey told police that in the middle of the night, while Woods was asleep, the girl had gotten up at one point but that he sent her back to bed. In his statement, he also told investigators he left the home at one point and left the door unlocked.
Kimrey was arrested on December 1 and his bond is set at $1.01 million, according to TNS.
The victim’s father, Alex Woods, alleges in Child Protective Services documents that Kimrey sexually abused her and physically abused her brothers. The father was seeking custody of the boys at the time, and stated that Kimrey hit them with belts. One of the brothers also stated that Kristy Woods knew Kimrey was sexually abusing their sister.
*Photo credit Onslow County Sheriff’s Office/Charlotte Observer/TNS