Case against Florida woman who dragged daughter’s body into WV woods goes to grand jury

By By Lacie Pierson
Staff writer
Erica Newsome

A Pocahontas County magistrate has ruled a grand jury will consider the case against a Florida woman who is alleged to have attempted to hide the body of her deceased daughter in West Virginia.

Erica Newsome, 37, of Jacksonville, Florida, was arraigned for felony concealment of a human body on Sunday, and a grand jury will consider whether to indict Newsome on the charge, Pocahontas County Magistrate Cynthia D. Kelley ruled Friday.

According to the criminal complaint filed in Pocahontas County Magistrate Court, State Police were dispatched to a single-vehicle crash on U.S. 250, in Bartow, about 1.5 miles from the Virginia state line.

When the trooper arrived, the trooper talked with Newsome and two witnesses, who were tourists traveling through the area, according to the complaint.

The witnesses told the trooper they observed Newsome exit her vehicle with a child wrapped in a blanket and take her over the hill, according to the complaint.

A coroner who responded to the scene said it appeared Newsome’s daughter had been dead for at least 24 hours, according to the complaint.

The trooper said Newsome told investigators she picked her daughter up from her bed and put her in the vehicle on Aug. 4, and that her daughter did not move, eat, drink or use the restroom for two days prior to the crash.

Newsome remained at Tygart Valley Regional Jail Friday evening.

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