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

Marie Harrington
August 10, 2017

Police said Jacksonville authorities went to Newsome's residence and found evidence of the crime there.

Newsome, 37, was arrested on charges of concealing the body of her daughter, Kaye-lea Plummer, according to the Associated Press. The body was identified as her daughter Kaye-lea Plummer. The child's body was found near a wrecked auto in West Virginia on Sunday, according to The Pocahontas Times.

'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.

Newsome reportedly told cops that Kaye-lea did not move, eat, drink, speak or use the restroom for two days during the drive from where they lived in Jacksonville, Fla. "The child was placed in the vehicle early Saturday morning and she headed toward Buffalo, New York".

After their investigation, police in Jacksonville, Florida discovered a crime scene in Newsome's home and believe that's where the girl was killed, before she was loaded into the auto.

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 father says that he hasn't seen his daughter since 2014 after the couple separated.

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Newsome's bail was set at $50,000.

"They had said they found them at the scene of the accident, but they don't believe, they didn't believe my daughter had died in the accident".

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. Reports from West Virginia say Newsome confessed to killing and abusing Kaye-Lea. "She needs help. She really needs help". I don't know how this could have happened.

The coroner said Kaye-lea had been dead for at least 24 hours when authorities discovered her. Senior Trooper D.R. Dillon, present at the scene of the accident, recorded Newsome's statements.

It started as a single vehicle accident in West Virginia, but it is developing into a story that includes a Jacksonville resident.

Detectives from Jacksonville and West Virginia are working together to investigate the death of a Jacksonville child.

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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