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

Geneva Matthews
August 10, 2017

A Florida woman drove for two days with her dead 11-year-old daughter in her truck before hitting a guard rail in West Virginia, where witnesses then saw her dragging the body into the woods, officials said. 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.

"That wasn't the woman I married- that wasn't the woman I entrusted with my child", Plummer told WIVB.

"It was obvious that the 11-year-old did not die from injuries from the accident", State Police Sgt. 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. "Something pushed her over the edge and she snapped".

"The child was placed in the vehicle early Saturday morning and she headed toward Buffalo, New York", Barlow said.

In her Miranda statement, cops say Newsome told them she had picked her daughter up from her bed and put her in her truck on August 4.

Barlow said a couple traveling on the same highway reported seeing Newsome remove a body from her vehicle and drag it over a hill.

Kaye-lea's father, Donath Plummer, lives in Buffalo. A search warrant has been filed to check her vehicle, police there were waiting for the arrival of Jacksonville Sherifff's Office detectives before enforcing the warrant. Reports from West Virginia say Newsome confessed to killing and abusing Kaye-Lea.

Authorities got a call around 11:20 a.m. from the shocked tourists, which prompted West Virginia State Police to visit the scene near the Virginia border. Investigators showed up at the Rite Aid on Delaware Avenue Sunday night as Plummer was working to tell him the news. Police said the girl did not die as a result of any injuries suffered in the crash. "I can't imagine what she actually went through".

Plummer described his wife as a "great mother" and "the only person I trusted with my child", and said he couldn't understand why she would have hurt their daughter. "She needs help. She really needs help".

Plummer said that when he found out about what happened he was at work.

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