This Sunday, police officers arrived on the scene of an overturned car in West Virginia, and found something all too common in car crashes: a young girl’s body. What was unusual about this body, though, was that the girl had clearly not died in the crash, but rather had already been dead for at least a day before the accident.
Furthermore, as state police Sergeant Herby Barlow stated, “her injuries were non-motor vehicle injuries.”
What was also puzzling was that this girl’s body had been dragged to a logging road about 150 feet away from the crash by the driver of the car. Police quickly discovered that the driver was 37-year-old Erica Newsome and that the body was that of her 11-year-old daughter, Kaye-lea Plummer.
CBS 12 reports that Newsome and her daughter lived in Florida, a fact that was further puzzling to the West Virginia police.
Eventually, through statements made by Newsome to police, it became clear that the mother had been driving with the corpse of her child to the house of her daughter’s father. Newsome had been traveling with her dead daughter for two days until she lost control of the car and crashed.
“I don’t know how this could have happened,” said Donath Plummer, the girl’s father. “Something is very, very wrong. She needs help. She really needs help.”
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has released a statement saying, “foul play is suspected in the child’s death and we believe the death occurred in Jacksonville, Florida.” Florida Department of Children and Families has also said that they are investigating the death of Kaye-lea.
Erica Newsome is now being held on $50,000 bail while investigators build a case in Florida.