Edwards said the 3-year-old struggles to get around on her own and wears a brace for assistance.
Mariah stands at about 2 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs aorund 30 pounds.
Woods went to keep an eye on her the next morning, however cautioned experts at around 6 a.m. when she couldn't discover her.
The alert said the child was abducted.
Volunteer firefighters are searching the area of Dawson Cabin Road in Jacksonville. ABC News reports that her mother reached out to the public in an emotion-filled plea Monday.
Edwards also said she does not believe Mariah would have gone with someone she did not know.More news: Trump Family Christmas Card Wishes Families 'Merry Christmas' Instead of 'Happy Holidays'
Family members said Mariah has an orthopedic leg problem, so when she walks her left leg is thrown around and causes her to wobble.
The FBI is now involved in the search for the girl after she was taken from her bed.
Mariah's mother says she last saw her daughter around 11 p.m. Sunday night. "I just want to hold her tight and see her smile". Our thoughts and prayers are with Mariah and her whole family during this hard time. An hour later, she said, her live-in boyfriend checked on the toddler again when she woke up, and told her to go back to sleep.
WCTI 12 spoke to Mariah's father, who said he hasn't seen his daughter in a year.
Anyone with information should call 911, 1-800-843-5678 or the Onslow County Sheriff's Office at 1-910-989-4070.
Police have spoken to the couple and searched their vehicle, but have found no sign of the missing girl, the Daily News said.