Mom, boyfriend charged in 'rape-murder fantasy' death of teen

A Montgomery County man has been charged with raping and killing a 14-year-old girl and the victim's adoptive mother allegedly dismembered her body, authorities said.

Sara Packer was arrested on charges of homicide, kidnapping, unlawful restraint, possessing instruments of crime, endangering the welfare of a child, abuse of corpse, simple assault, tampering with physical evidence, and conspiracy to commit rape and each of the other crimes, according to the district attorney's office.

Sullivan and Sara Packer were charged with murder, rape, kidnapping, abuse of a corpse, assault and other related offenses. 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.

He was summoned at 12:30 a.m. Sunday under the steady gaze of Magisterial District Judge Michael W. Petrucci of Newtown on charges of murder, assault, automatic digress sex, unlawful limitation, hijacking, having instruments of wrongdoing, jeopardizing the welfare of a tyke, manhandle of carcass, straightforward strike, messing with physical proof, and relating scheme charges. Her remains were found by two hunters October 31 in a wooded area near a reservoir in Bear Creek Township, Luzerne County.

Grace was driven from her home in Abington, Pennsylvania the morning of July 8 by the couple to their rented property in Quakertown. Sullivan then allegedly strangled and suffocated her until she died.

Sara Packer, who described the teen as "overly stubborn", said the two had an argument on Friday, July 8 about going to a friend's house, according to court documents. They then slammed Grace's body to the ground and Packer watched while Sullivan ruthlessly raped her.

The next day, Saturday, July 9, Sara told investigators Grace was nowhere to be found when she went to check on her. Sara also said $300 in cash was taken from the Tennis Avenue home.

Packer was also was arraigned November 24, 2010, on separate Allentown police charges of indecent sexual assault of a person younger than 16, statutory sexual assault and corruption of minors in a January 1, 2008, crime, according to court records.

Packer is also accused of lying to police about her daughter's whereabouts.

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While he was being treated, Sullivan told hospital employees that he and Sara were responsible for Grace's murder.

Sullivan is alleged to have gone back to the attic the next morning and found Grace still breathing - he is said to have strangled her and buried her body in cat food. In the months after Packer filed a missing person's report, detectives were largely unable to get a hold of her. She posted bail on December 23.

"There was a 'do they know that we know?' type of thing there", Cleal said.

Sullivan raped Grace under observation by the latter's mother as part of a sexual rape-murder fantasy, Philly.com reports.

Packer is scheduled to be arraigned at noon Sunday before Judge Petrucci.

Bucks County detectives arrested Jacob P. Sullivan, 44, of Horsham.

Following the arraignment, Weintraub said Packer has not made any statements about the teen's death.

"I'm sorry for what I did", he told reporters as he was led into the courthouse. It wasn't clear what Grace's disability was.

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