Authorities issue AMBER Alert for missing 3-year-old girl

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Edwards said the 3-year-old struggles to get around on her own and wears a brace for assistance. She has brown hair and blue eyes.

"Every second counts when a child is missing, especially after the cold night we just had", Miller said.

Mariah was last seen in the area of Dawson Cabin Road in Jacksonville, North Carolina. When Mariah's grandmother went to wake her up at 6:45 a.m., she was not in her bedroom, nor was she anywhere in the house.

The FBI took control of the investigation yesterday, and the girl's mother, Kristy Woods, and her live-in boyfriend have both been interviewed.

A North Carolina toddler went missing from her bed after her mother tucked her in on Sunday night, The New York Daily News reported.

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Mariah has an orthopedic leg problem, causing her left leg to wobble when she walks. "I just want to hold her tight and see her smile". Woods said that Mariah was a miracle "angel" because she became pregnant with Mariah after she had already gotten her tubes tied. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mariah and her whole family during this hard time. "I'd give anything", Ms Woods said through tears.

NCIS, Onslow Sheriff's Department and military police have been involved with the search as of 9.30am this morning. She is 3 years old.

The FBI's Child Abduction Rapid Deployment team, or CARD, was deployed to assist in the search. Woods said, according to WCTI.

Investigators are asking anyone who saw the family on Sunday, November 26, 2017 through Monday, November, 27, 2017 to call the Sheriff's Office at 910-455-3113.

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