Florida mom drove to West Virginia with daughter's body, police say

Erica Newsome

Erica Newsome

A Florida woman has admitted to police that she killed her 11-year-old daughter after the girl's body was found inside a vehicle headed to Buffalo, according to reports.

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.

Herby Barlow, it was clear that the girl did not die from the vehicle accident. The body was identified as her daughter Kaye-lea Plummer. "It was obvious that the eleven-year-old did not die from injuries from the accident".

The 11-year-old child's mother, Erica Newsome of Jacksonville, Florida, lost control and wrecked the vehicle around 11 a.m. on Sunday, The Pocahontas Times said.

Kaye-lea's father, Donath Plummer, lives in Buffalo. Officials said Plummer was already dead when the accident occurred. The child's body was found near a wrecked auto in West Virginia on Sunday, according to The Pocahontas Times.

Newsome's bail was set at $50,000.

After their investigation, police in Jacksonville, Florida discovered a crime scene in Newsome's home and believe that's where the girl was killed, before she was loaded into the vehicle. They said they sat frozen as she dragged the body over an embankment and into the woods. 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.

"She just always brought a smile to my face, no matter how I was feeling".

Police told him on Sunday his daughter was dead and Newsome was incarcerated, Plummer said in the interview. "Something is very, very wrong", Plummer said. "She needs help. She really needs help". An initial examination also showed the child had been dead for at least a day, the coroner stated. When Jacksonville law enforcement inspected Newsome and Plummer's home, they found evidence of the crime.

ActionNewsJax adds that there is no confirmation on a cause of death, but foul play is suspected. Senior Trooper D.R. Dillon, present at the scene of the accident, recorded Newsome's statements.

West Virginia State Police say Erica Newsome crashed her vehicle Sunday morning in the Allegheny Mountains, and witnesses reported they saw her trying to hide her daughter's body by a hill. West Virginia State Police Sgt.

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