Pennsylvania mother, boyfriend raped and
dismembered daughter: police
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[January 09, 2017]
By David DeKok
HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - Authorities in
suburban Philadelphia have charged a man and woman of raping, murdering
and dismembering the woman's 14-year-old adopted daughter to fulfill a
bizarre sexual fantasy.
Jacob P. Sullivan, 44, of Horsham, was arrested by Bucks County
detectives and arraigned early Sunday morning in the death of Grace
Packer, whose dismembered body was found by hunters on Oct. 31 in a
forest in Luzerne County, about a two-hour drive north of Philadelphia.
Authorities say Sullivan confessed to the charges against him, which
include rape and criminal homicide.
Similar charges have also been filed against Sara Packer, 41, the girl's
adoptive mother, according to online court records, although her
arraignment was delayed. She was already out on bail for charges filed
in November after police concluded she was hindering attempts to find
her daughter, whom she had reported missing.
It was not immediately clear if Sullivan or Packer have attorneys. A
public defender who was representing Packer on the hindering charge
could not be reached for comment. Bucks County District Attorney Matthew
Weintraub also could not be reached for comment on Sunday.
According to court documents, the couple began plotting to kill the girl
in the fall of 2015. Sullivan told detectives that he and Sara Packer
drove Grace to their new residence in Quakertown, Bucks County, on July
Once inside, Sullivan struck Grace repeatedly in the face and then raped
her in the attic as Packer watched, authorities said. Sullivan told
detectives he had raped Grace before and that Packer got sexual
gratification from watching, according to court documents.
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They forced her to take an overdose of over-the-counter drugs,
assuming that would kill her, court documents said. But upon finding
her alive when they returned many hours later, Sullivan strangled
her to death, he told detectives.
The pair kept the body in the attic for nearly four months, covering
it with cat litter to mask the smell, authorities said.
When police showed up at the house in October to follow up on the
missing person report, the couple became unsettled, according to
court filings. They sawed off the girl's arms and legs and disposed
of the body parts in the forest.
Believing they were about to be arrested, the couple attempted to
commit suicide together by taking drugs on Dec. 30 but survived,
Sullivan was ordered held without bail. His preliminary hearing is
scheduled for Jan. 20.
(Reporting by David DeKok; Editing by Joseph Ax and Alan Crosby)
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