Generosity during search for Mariah Woods brings community closer together

Onslow County DA confirms body found in Pender County is Mariah Woods	 	 	 			Mariah Woods

Stay on top of breaking news stories with the ABC11 News App The Onslow County District Attorney's office confirmed the ID to ABC11 on Wednesday afternoon.

A man accused of dumping his girlfriend's daughter in a creek sexually abused the 3-year-old before she died, according to court documents.

Mariah was missing for five days before her remains were found.

The identification comes just as a public visitation gets underway Wednesday for the little girl in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

Court documents obtained by WTVD list several acts of abuse against Mariah Woods and her two brothers. Kristy Woods said she last saw her daughter when she put her to bed on the night of 26 November, KSAT reported.

The court documents accuse Earl Kimrey of sexually abusing Mariah and hitting the two boys with a belt - one of them in the face, causing a nosebleed. Hundreds of teddy bears now sit in the community as a memorial to Mariah.

Investigators have not disclosed how Mariah died, although an arrest warrant for Kimrey said he removed Mariah Woods' body from the scene of her death, and "secretly disposed of the dead child's body". Mariah's body was found December 2.

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