Mom and boyfriend charged in murder of daughter

January 9, 2017 | By | Reply More

Grace Packer became a foster child at age 3.

At age 14, she suffered a slow and painful death — raped, drugged and left to die in a sweltering attic, court records say.

murder When those actions didn’t result in her death, she was strangled, prosecutors say. Then her body was packed in cat litter and left in the same attic for months. Police would later find her dismembered remains in rural Pennsylvania.

Officials say her gruesome death was carried out by a 41-year-old woman she had known as her mother, who adopted the teenager and her younger brother, and the mother’s boyfriend. Sara Packer and Jacob Sullivan were charged Sunday with several crimes, including homicide, kidnapping, endangering the welfare of a child and abuse of corpse. Sullivan who, police say, raped Grace in the attic, is facing additional sexual assault charges.

Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said the teen’s brutal killing was the result of a months-long plan — “a rape-murder fantasy” shared by her adoptive mother and her boyfriend. “Unfortunately, Grace Packer was a disposable child to these people,” Weintraub said in a news release. “Who will now speak for Grace Packer? We will.”

Authorities say that about a week before they were arrested on Saturday, Packer and Sullivan were rushed to the hospital after they tried to kill themselves by overdosing on pills. A probable cause affidavit said the two had taken a suicide pact.

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The arrests and charges come after Sullivan confessed, in detail, to hospital staff about the teenager’s death, the affidavit said. Sullivan told hospital employees and investigators that he and Packer began plotting the teen’s murder in fall 2015 and carried it out on July 8, 2016, in their house in Quakertown, Pa., a borough in Bucks County about 40 miles north of Philadelphia. Sullivan struck Grace several times in the face, splitting her lip, the affidavit said, and then he and Packer took the teen to the attic on the third floor.

There, Sullivan raped Grace while her adoptive mother watched, prosecutors say. The 44-year-old man admitted sexually assaulting the teen on two prior occasions.

At some point, Packer left to get some medicine to sedate Grace, Sullivan told investigators. The two later tied and gagged the teen and left her in a cedar closet, believing she would eventually die from the effects of the assault, the drugs and the excessive heat in the attic, the affidavit said.

At about 3 a.m. the next morning — more than 12 hours later — they checked on Grace and found that she was still alive and conscious. That’s when Sullivan strangled her to death, admitting to investigators that it was “more physical and took much longer than he expected,” the affidavit said.

Prosecutors said the two packed the teen’s remains in cat litter to mask the odor. For the next three months, Grace’s body would remain in the attic.

Press journalist for HRO media – Ignacio Damigo reports.

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