A woman drove for two days with her dead 11-year-old daughter in her truck before hitting a guard rail in West Virginia.
Witnesses driving along the same road say they saw the driver, 37-year-old Erica Newsome of Jacksonville, Florida, dragging her daughter’s body into the woods.
Newsome drove some 700 miles with her daughter’s body in the car, and planned to drive all the way to Buffalo, New York where the girl’s father lives.
Police say they believe 11-year-old Kaye-lea Plummer was killed at her home in Florida before her mother put her body in the truck.
Newsome told police she had picked her daughter up from bed and put her in the truck on Friday and that the girl didn’t move, eat, speak, drink or use the restroom in two days, which is the amount of time it took to drive to West Virginia.
Newsome told police she had killed her daughter and was abusive to her according to the Pocahontas Times.
State Police Sgt. Herby Barlow told the newspaper that it was obvious the girl did not die from injuries in the accident.
Barlow said a couple traveling on the same highway reported seeing Newsome remove a body from her vehicle and drag it over a hill. They were found on an old logging road about 150 feet beyond an embankment.
The mother was jailed on $50,000 bail on the charges of concealing a body, while investigators search for evidence in Florida according to Action News.
‘At this time, foul play is suspected in the child’s death and we believe the death occurred in Jacksonville, Florida,’ the sheriff’s office there said.
The girl’s father, Donath Plummer, said Newsome texted him Saturday morning, saying she was bringing their daughter to Buffalo.
He said they married in 2007 and separated two years later. He said he hadn’t seen them since Newsome moved with Kaye-lea to Jacksonville in 2014, but he would check on his daughter regularly by phone.
‘We didn’t always agree on everything, but she was a great mother. I don’t know how this could have happened,’ Plummer said. ‘Something is very, very wrong. She needs help. She really needs help,’ he said told WJXT4.