Jacksonville mother admits to killing 11-year-old, driving with body

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

Plummer also told WJXT4 that Newsome and their daughter, Kaye-lea Plummer, moved to Jacksonville in 2014 and he had not seen them since, though he did keep in touch over the phone.

Moments after they arrived, the motorists told police that they watched the driver, an adult woman, get out of the vehicle and pull a child's body wrapped in a blanket from inside, according to the Pocahontas Times of Marlinton, West Virginia.

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

She said her daughter did not move, eat, drink or use the restroom in the two days it took for them to drive from Florida to West Virginia.

Newsome said in a Miranda statement that she meant to take the girl to Buffalo, N.Y., where her father lived, according to the Times.

Police said they soon found 37-year-old Erica Newsome, along with the body, on an old logging road. "Something pushed her over the edge and she snapped".

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Newsome was reportedly en route to where the girl's father and Newsome's estranged husband, Donath Plummerm, lives in Buffalo, N.Y.

Witnesses to the crash stated the suspect had removed the victim from the vehicle and drug her over the embankment to the place she was found by police.

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

Newsome has been charged with concealment of a dead body, according to authorities, and is being held in jail in West Virginia while an investigation continues into the girl's death. Reports from West Virginia say Newsome confessed to killing and abusing Kaye-Lea. Investigators showed up at the Rite Aid on Delaware Avenue Sunday night as Plummer was working to tell him the news.

Plummer says he hasn't heard from law enforcement or police since Sunday.

"If she hadn't been discovered by [the couple] I wouldn't have known about the child". "Something is very, very wrong".

"I just wish I could have been there", Plummer said of his daughter.

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