Florida Mom Drove With Daughter's Dead Body For 2 Days

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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. The child's mother, Erica Newsome, 37, of Jacksonville, is lodged in the Southern Regional Jail in Beaver facing charges of concealment of a dead body.

"I can't even wrap my head around what even would have made [my wife] snap", Plummer told the station.

"It was obvious that the 11-year-old did not die from injuries from the accident", Barlow said.

A mother was charged with concealing a body after police say she drove for two days with her daughter's dead body in the auto.

Donath Plummer, Kaye-lea Plummer's father, told Jacksonville's WJXT4 that Newsome informed him Saturday morning she and his daughter were traveling to Buffalo. There they also discovered the body of a dead child, who is reported to be Newsome's 11-year-old daughter.

"Something pushed her over the edge and she snapped", he told News 4 Jax.

Newsome said she was having problems with her auto and did not want to travel on interstates, which is how she ended up in Thornwood, Barlow said.


Newsome reportedly told cops that Kaye-lea did not move, eat, drink, speak or use the restroom for two days during the drive from where they lived in Jacksonville, Fla. The couple married in 2007 and separated in 2009.

'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. West Virginia State Police Sgt.

"They just said she was found at the scene of an accident, but they don't believe my daughter died there", Plummer said.

'We didn't always agree on everything, but she was a great mother.

"She knew she had vehicle issues and didn't want to be driving at interstate speeds", Barlow said. "Something is very, very wrong", Plummer said.

The body of the deceased child was discovered Sunday after a vehicle wreck on a remote stretch of U.S. Route 250 in Pocahontas County just over a mile from the Virginia border. "She needs help. She really needs help".

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