MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A Jacksonville woman drove for two days with her dead 11-year-old daughter in her truck before hitting a guardrail in West Virginia, where authorities say witnesses saw her dragging the body into the woods.
The driver, 37-year-old Erica Newsome, has been jailed on charges of concealing the body of her daughter, Kaye-lea Plummer.
The Pocahontas Times reports that Newsome told authorities after Sunday's crash that they left Jacksonville on Friday to drive to the home of the girl's father in Buffalo, N.Y.
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.
The mother was jailed on $50,000 bail while investigators search for evidence in Florida.
"At this time, foul play is suspected in the child's death and we believe the death occurred in Jacksonville," the Sheriff's Office there said.
The girl's father, Donath Plummer, told WJXT4 in Jacksonville that Newsome texted him Saturday, 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 by phone.