Girl's body found after mother crashes auto on way to Buffalo

  • Girl's body found after mother crashes auto on way to Buffalo

Girl's body found after mother crashes auto on way to Buffalo

Newsome, 37, of Jacksonville, Florida, is charged with one felony count of concealment of a deceased human body.

Kaye-lea Plummer, left and right with her father Donath Plummer. Witnesses said they were first concerned for the safety of the driver until they saw Newsome take a body out of the auto and drag it over a hill.

Plummer said that Newsome was a good mother who would never hurt her daughter.

"It was obvious that the 11-year-old did not die from injuries from the accident", West Virginia State Police Sgt. "Her injuries were non-motor vehicle injuries".

Motorists from New York City, traveling the same highway, reported seeing Newsome remove a body wrapped in a blanket from the vehicle and drag it over the hill. Newsome is being held in the Southern Regional Jail.

Plummer said the couple married in 2007 and separated two years later. Reports from West Virginia say Newsome confessed to killing and abusing Kaye-Lea. However, they kept in touch regularly by telephone.

Kaye-lea purportedly gave no indication that there was anything wrong at the home she shared with her mother.

"Nobody really saw them after she pulled her daughter out of school", he said.

Circumstances surrounding Kaye-lea's murder is unknown at this time, but an investigation is ongoing.

Police said Jacksonville authorities went to Newsome's residence and found evidence of the crime there. There is no confirmation on a cause of death, but foul play is suspected and more arrests could be forthcoming in Florida. Senior Trooper D.R. Dillon, present at the scene of the accident, recorded Newsome's statements.

West Virginia State Police say Erica Newsome crashed her vehicle Sunday morning in the Allegheny Mountains, and witnesses reported they saw her trying to hide her daughter's body by a hill. Following further investigation, officers were able to determine that the child was killed in Jacksonville and loaded into the auto, police said.

The West Virginia State Police, Jacksonville Sheriff's Department, and Buffalo Police will work together to investigate the case.