The Pennsylvania woman charged with helping her boyfriend rape, murder, and dismember her 14-year-old adoptive daughter was previously employed as an adoption supervisor for a children’s welfare agency, authorities said.
Sara Packer, 41, was an adoption supervisor for the Northampton County Children, Youth, and Families Division from 2003 to 2010, the AP reported. In 2010, she was suspended for an unknown infraction, said Northampton County Controller Stephen Barron Jr. to a local newspaper.
Packer and her boyfriend, Jacob Sullivan, 44, planned the rape and murder of her 14-year-old daughter Grace as part of a fantasy they spent months planning, prosecutors allege.
In July 2016, Sullivan finally raped Grace as Packer watched, authorities claim. The pair then allegedly gave Grace an overdose of drugs and Sullivan strangled and suffocated her to death.
They kept her body in the attic where she died for three months, packed in cat litter to hide the smell, prosecutors say. Then, using a bow saw, they dismembered Grace and disposed of her in a remote area of Pennsylvania, where hunters stumbled upon her remains.
Sullivan confessed to the crime to police, they said, leading to his and Packer’s arrest and arraignment this month.