Warning: The details of this story are extremely graphic and could be disturbing to some readers.
A mother and her boyfriend accused of killing and raping her teenage daughter then dismembering the body sit isolated in suburban Philadelphia prison cells without bail as they await a preliminary hearing in the case.
Sara Packer and Jacob Sullivan both were being housed in restricted housing consistent with any suspect facing a capital offense at the Bucks County Correctional Facility, said county spokesman Christopher Edwards Tuesday.
Packer and Sullivan don’t have access to the general population at the Doylestown, Pennsylvania jail that housed 677 men and 119 woman at the end of 2016, said the county.
Sullivan is accused of raping and killing 14-year-old Grace Packer in a Quakertown home at the direction of Packer, Grace’s adoptive mother, as part of a rape-murder fantasy. The duo stored Grace’s body for months – after Packer told Abington Township Police that Grace was missing – before dismembering Grace and dropping her body parts in rural Luzerne County in October, said investigators.
Both Sullivan and Packer entered a suicide pact in the days leading up to their arrests, said investigators. Bucks County officials didn’t immediately reveal if both are on suicide watch while behind bars awaiting Jan. 20 preliminary hearings.