Florida mom drove to West Virginia with daughter's body, police say

Donath Plummer with daughter Kaye-lea

Police: Jacksonville girl killed; Mom arrested in West Virginia for trying to conceal body

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

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

'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.

The West Virginia Highway Patrol reports that Newsome stated she had picked up her daughter, Kaye-lea Plummer, on Friday.

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Newsome and the body of her daughter were found on an old logging road about 150 feet away from the crash site, State Police Sgt. There they also discovered the body of a dead child, who is reported to be Newsome's 11-year-old daughter.

Occupants of another vehicle told police they saw Newsome take a body out of the vehicle and drag it over an embankment, the Times reported. 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.

According to police, the girl's dead body was inside a auto when her mother, Newsome of Jacksonville, lost control of the vehicle and crashed near the Virginia border Sunday morning.

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

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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.

It started as a single vehicle accident in West Virginia, but it is developing into a story that includes a Jacksonville resident. More arrests could be forthcoming in Florida, police said.

Investigators said they believed the girl died in Jacksonville and had been dead at least 24 hours when she was found.

Speaking to Jacksonville's News 4 Jax, Plummer called his wife an excellent mother and said that she must have "snapped". I don't know how this could have happened. 'Something is very, very wrong.

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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.

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