Tuesday 25 April 2017

Woman accused of killing her adoptive daughter (14) in 'rape-murder fantasy'

This photo provided on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, by the Bucks County District Attorney shows Sara Packer. . (Bucks County District Attorney via AP)
This photo provided on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, by the Bucks County District Attorney shows Sara Packer. . (Bucks County District Attorney via AP)
Sara Packer, center, handcuffed, the adoptive mother of Grace Packer, was led out of District Court in Newtown, Pa., Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, by Pennsylvania Constables and taken into custody. (Michael Bryant/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)
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A woman has appeared in court accused of killing her 14-year-old adoptive daughter as part of a "rape-murder fantasy" she shared with her boyfriend.

Sara Packer is accused of charges including criminal homicide, rape and abuse of a corpse.

Her boyfriend, Jacob Sullivan, faces similar charges. As he was taken into court on Sunday, he told reporters he was sorry for what he did to the teenager.

The body of Grace Packer was found in woods in Pennsylvania last autumn.

Officials say the teenager was beaten, raped as her mother watched, poisoned and hours later strangled in an attic in July.

They say the couple stored Grace's body there, dismembered it in October and dumped it in a park.

Sara Packer, center, handcuffed, the adoptive mother of Grace Packer, was led out of District Court in Newtown, Pa., Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, by Pennsylvania Constables and taken into custody. (Michael Bryant/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)
Sara Packer, center, handcuffed, the adoptive mother of Grace Packer, was led out of District Court in Newtown, Pa., Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, by Pennsylvania Constables and taken into custody. (Michael Bryant/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Packer has been ordered to be held without bail and is to be transferred to Bucks County Prison.

The couple did not enter pleas.

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