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Ex-foster kids: Abuse was routine in dismembered teen's Pennsylvania home

AP
Published Jan 26, 2017, 1:23 pm IST
Updated Jan 26, 2017, 1:25 pm IST
The women lived with Sara Packer and her husband years before the death of 14-year-old Grace Packer.
Sara Packer, center, handcuffed, the adoptive mother of Grace Packer, was led out of District Court in Newtown. (Photo: AP)
 Sara Packer, center, handcuffed, the adoptive mother of Grace Packer, was led out of District Court in Newtown. (Photo: AP)

Philadelphia: Three former foster children of a Pennsylvania woman charged in the brutal rape, murder and dismemberment of her adopted daughter are revealing what they saw and endured in the home.

The women lived with Sara Packer and her husband years before the death of 14-year-old Grace Packer. Sara Packer and her boyfriend were charged on January with killing Grace and dumping her body in remote northeastern Pennsylvania as part of what authorities call a rape-murder fantasy.

 

In separate interviews, the women said Sara was mentally and physically abusive toward her adopted daughter and clearly favored Grace's biological brother, who was also adopted.

Sara and David Packer fostered dozens of children before David Packer was arrested in 2010 and sent to prison for sexually assaulting Grace and a foster daughter. Grace remained with her adoptive mother.

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