Pennsylvania government watchdog to probe teen's murder
This combination of undated photos provided by the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office on Friday, March 29, 2019 shows Sara Packer, left, and Jacob Sullivan. Packer, who plotted the rape, torture and murder of her own teenage daughter pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison. Sullivan pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and related offenses and was sentenced to death. (Bucks County District Attorney’s Office via AP)
(Harrisburg) — A Pennsylvania state government watchdog agency is launching an investigation into the horrific case of a 14-year-old girl who had extensive contact with the child welfare system before her 2016 rape, torture and murder.
The Office of State Inspector General said Wednesday it will look into whether the Department of Human Services acted properly in its handling of the Grace Packer case. The chairmen of the House Judiciary and Children and Youth committees had requested the probe.
Grace endured years of abuse before her death outside Philadelphia. An internal DHS probe has already found that child welfare agencies missed numerous red flags.
A jury sentenced a man to death for raping and strangling the teenager. Grace’s adoptive mother pleaded guilty to murder for her role in Grace’s killing and was sentenced to life.