BUCKS COUNTY, PA — A Pennsylvania mother accused of participating in her adopted teenage daughter’s rape, killing, and dismemberment as part of a sick “rape-murder fantasy” was once an adoption supervisor for a children’s welfare agency.
Sara Packer worked as a supervisor for the Northampton County Children, Youth and Families Division for adoptions from 2003 to 2010, according to Allentown’s The Morning Call newspaper.
Packer, 41, and her boyfriend Jacob Sullivan, 44, were arrested and charged Sunday in the death of 14-year-old Grace Packer.
Prosecutors say that Sullivan hit Grace in the face several times and raped her as her adoptive mother watched.
Grace Packer was reported missing in July 2016, and her remains were found three months later on October 31.
Prosecutors say that the couple had been planning the evil attack since 2015.
After sexually assaulting Grace, her adoptive mother allegedly gave her daughter a large amount of Tylenol PM and other drugs to sedate her. The couple then bound and gagged her, and left her in a sweltering attic to die.
Packer and Sullivan told authorities that they were surprised to find the teen still alive later, so Sullivan strangled and suffocated her. The couple then allegedly stored her body with cat litter in an attempt to mask the smell.
Three months later, they dismembered her body and left it in a Pennsylvania park.
Sara Parker has been arraigned 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.
Sullivan is facing charges of homicide, rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, unlawful restraint, kidnapping, possessing instruments of crime, endangering the welfare of a child, abuse of corpse, simple assault, tampering with physical evidence, and corresponding conspiracy charges.
Grace’s biological mother has spoken out about her shock and horror at discovering the fate of the young women she gave up for adoption in 2004 — and said she’s committed to seeing justice served.
“All these years, I figured that she was growing up to be a regular teenager,” Grace’s biological mother Rose Hunsicker told WFMZ. “You know, a mother’s instinct, that she was growing up in a wonderful family, a wonderful home, growing up to be a big girl.”
“I know now that justice can be served for my daughter, but when I found out who it was, you know, I trusted this woman to take care of something so precious to me,” Hunsicker told WFMZ.
Main photos: Sara Packer and Jacob Sullivan [Time/Facebook]