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A Pennsylvania mother of a girl who was raped, murdered and dismembered testified in court Wednesday she helped plot the attack and carry it out, but said it was her boyfriend’s idea to rape her daughter.

Sara Packer recalled in a Doylestown courtroom how she watched Jacob Sullivan sexually assault her 14-year-old daughter Grace Parker and then strangle her inside a hot attic at their home. Packer made the comments during a sentencing hearing for Sullivan, who had already pleaded guilty to rape, first-degree murder and other crimes in the teen’s death.

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“I got wrapped up in Jake’s fantasy. I didn’t think I could tell him ‘no’ without losing him,” Packer told the court, according to the Allentown Morning Call.

Packer, who already agreed to plead guilty to first-degree murder in exchange for a life sentence, said her daughter looked at her as she was being choked to death and Packer told her it was “OK to go.”

“Grace had become, for lack of a better word, a non-entity,” Packer said. “She just didn’t exist anymore. I wanted her to go away.”

Packer also said that killing the girl wasn’t part of the plan, according to the Morning Call. She said she and Sullivan planned to imprison the teen in their home so Sullivan could “rape her whenever he wanted." But she said she thinks Sullivan “panicked.”

“The reality of what he had done set in, and there was no going back. So, he decided that it was time for her to die,” she said.

Grace asked for help when Sullivan began to rape her, Packer said.

“I can’t help you anymore,” Packer said, according to the Morning Call. “This is your life now.”

Packer also testified that she and Sullivan attempted to kill the teen with an overdose of over-the-counter medicine, thinking the combination of pills and the heat would kill her. Packer admitted to helping bind the child with zip ties and stuffing a ball gag in her mouth as she and her boyfriend left her to die.

Grace attempted to escape the house before the couple returned, but it was too late, and she was strangled. The pair then stored her body in a cat litter for months before dismembering it and dumping it in a remote area. Hunters found the remains in October 2016.

Sara Packer and her then-husband David Packer adopted Grace and her younger brother Josh in 2007. The couple cared for dozens of foster children before David Packer was jailed for sexually assaulting Grace and another 15-year-old foster daughter at their home.

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Sara Packer was let go from her job as an adoptions supervisor in 2010 and was prohibited from taking in more children, but Grace was allowed to stay in the home despite evidence of abuse.

Packer faces life in prison in her plea deal while Sullivan may get the death penalty.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Florida police were searching for a motive after a man allegedly strangled his pregnant stepmother at a cemetery last week.

Ian Anselmo, 21, was charged with second-degree attempted murder after he allegedly admitted to killing his stepmother Sue Ellen Anselmo at Eustis Cemetery in Lake County, the Orlando Sentinel reported Thursday. The woman was a mother of six and was six-weeks pregnant at the time of her death.

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“I killed my mom, she’s dead,” Anselmo told 911 dispatchers. “I strangled her.”

Anselmo was booked into the Lake County Jail on the charges and prosecutors were likely going to upgrade the charges because the woman died, the Orlando Sentinel reported. Authorities didn’t give a motive as to why Anselmo allegedly committed the crime.

Sue Ellen Anselmo was found unconscious with a cord around her neck in the front seat of her SUV, according to the newspaper. It wasn’t clear why Anselmo or his stepmother were at the cemetery.

Ian Anselmo had initially thought he killed his stepmother at the cemetery, but she was rushed to the hospital with a “faint pulse” and died Monday, the newspaper reported.

“This whole thing seems so weird,” John Anselmo, Sue Ellen’s husband and Ian’s father, told the Orlando Sentinel. “We’re just racking our brains trying to figure out what happened.”

John Anselmo added that he and his wife had recently separated but he was anticipating a reconciliation, according to the newspaper. His mother-in-law, though, attempted to become the guardian of Sue Ellen Anselmo while she was in the hospital, saying that John Anselmo was a “person of interest” in the investigation.

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John Anselmo denied the allegations. Eustis police haven’t said whether John Anselmo was a person of interest in Sue Ellen Anselmo’s death.

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Horrifying video showing Florida circus performers’ high-wire practice going haywire in February 2017 was released Thursday.

The video, released by the Sarasota Sheriff’s Office, showed five Circus Sarasota performers plummet more than 30 feet to the floor. The performers were attempting a pyramid stunt, according to FOX 13 Tampa Bay.

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“If you don’t believe in God, you better now because it’s a miracle. One of the guys was up over 40 feet high on the pyramid and he will walk out of the hospital on his own and he had three broken toes. That’s a miracle, guys,” Nick Wallenda, who was unhurt in the accident, told the station.

Five of the performers fell to the floor while three others hung onto the wire.

Rietta Wallenda was one of the performers who fell to the ground. She seriously injured her leg and hip, according to FOX 13 Tampa Bay.

“She was coming down head first when some guy from the side came running in and hit her and turned her over so she didn’t land straight on her head. [He] saved her life,” Rick Wallenda, Rietta’s brother, told the station.

Rietta’s mother Carla and Nick Wallenda said Rietta is still having trouble walking because of the injuries she suffered from the fall.

“It’s been really tragic. Every time I see her come out of her house or walking over with her bad limp and the pain that she’s in – in tears, I see her often,” Rietta’s mother said.

Nick Wallenda reportedly posted a video on Facebook responding to the sheriff’s office’s release.

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“I’ve shed a lot of tears if I’m being completely vulnerable, having to relive that accident yet again,” he said, according to the station. “Having to relive this today has not been fun at all, but I’m also very happy to report that my family, my friends are all doing amazingly well.”

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An illegal immigrant charged with murder in the deaths of four people in Nevada earlier this year told police he committed the killings because he needed money to buy meth, a detective said Thursday.

Wilber Ernesto Martinez-Guzman, a 20-year-old Salvadoran national living in the U.S. illegally, broke into tears and repeatedly called himself an “idiot” before confessing to the murders during an interrogation hours after his arrest in Carson City on Jan. 19, a detective told a grand jury.

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Martinez-Guzman had initially denied being behind the slayings and was smiling and giggling while being interrogated, Washoe County Sheriff’s Detective Stefanie Brady told the grand jury March 13, according to transcripts obtained by the Associated Press. When confronted with several contradictions, however, he then admitted he had “done something that’s unforgivable.”

Brady said he told her that he shot his victims “because of the drugs.”

FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2019 file photo, Wilber Ernesto Martinez-Guzman, 19, of El Salvador, is escorted into the courtroom for his initial appearance in Carson City Justice Court in Carson City, Nev. 

FILE – In this Jan. 24, 2019 file photo, Wilber Ernesto Martinez-Guzman, 19, of El Salvador, is escorted into the courtroom for his initial appearance in Carson City Justice Court in Carson City, Nev.  (AP Photo/Scott Sonner, File)

“He said he needed the money for the meth and it was the meth,” Brady testified.

She added that Martinez made “lots of eye contact” during the early part of the interrogation and said he was initially fine without having an attorney because he was adamant he did nothing wrong.

When asked about certain items stolen from two of the murder victims, Brady said Martinez-Guzman began to cry.

“He talked about how he was an idiot. He repeated that several times,” Brady said. “He talked about how he had done something that’s unforgivable.”

Martinez-Guzman was indicted last week on four counts of murder with the use of a deadly weapon, three counts of burglary while in possession of a firearm and one count each of burglary, burglary while gaining possession of a firearm and possession of a stolen firearm, according to the Associated Press.

Federal officials have said Martinez-Guzman is in the U.S. illegally, but they don’t know when or how he came across the border. Officials said they were seeking the death penalty in the case.

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Martinez-Guzman attorney had no comment after reviewing the transcripts.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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A California psychiatrist was found bludgeoned to death in the trunk of his car in Nevada earlier this month and police have now launched an investigation into the man’s murder.

Thomas Burchard’s body was discovered March 7 near the entrance to the Lake Mead National Recreational Area, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police said. Authorities ruled that Burchard died from blunt force injury to the head, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

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The Clark County’s Coroner’s Office said Thursday the 71-year-old Salinas, California native’s death could officially be ruled a homicide, but police added no one had been arrested in his death, according to the newspaper.

Burchard’s body was found after a passerby noticed that a parked vehicle had a rock thrown through one of the windows, police spokeswoman Laura Meltzer said.

"He’s a longstanding physician in the community who was very helpful to many of his patients," Community of Health of the Monterrey Peninsula spokeswoman Mary Baker told The Californian. “It was a sad situation and our hearts go out to his family.”

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Burchard had worked four decades in the behavioral health program with Montage Health, according to The Californian.

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A South Carolina woman was arrested last week after she allegedly attacked the girlfriend of her child’s father with a stun gun outside a home, police said.

Savanna Grace White, 22, was arrested in Spartanburg County after a fight with the woman, police said. White was seen in her booking photo with bruises and cuts under both eyes and around her face.

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White allegedly drove to the home and got into a fight with a woman and then stunned the woman with a stun gun, WSPA-TV reported Wednesday, citing a police report. The woman was reportedly able to get the stun gun away from White and hold her down until responding deputies arrived at the scene.

A dispatcher handling the 911 call heard a woman say, “I’m going to kill you,” according to WYFF News 4.

The victim in the fight told deputies White had been harassing her and even went to the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office earlier in the morning to inquire about a restraining order against White, according to WSPA-TV. White told deputies she needed to check on her child, who was reportedly in the car during the alleged assault.

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White was charged with third-degree assault and was booked into the Spartanburg County Detention Center.

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A man arrested in February in connection with the cold case murder of 11-year-old Linda O’Keefe was charged this week in two other sexual assaults that occurred in California sometime between the mid-1990s and early 2000s, prosecutors announced.

James Neal, 72, who made his first appearance at an Orange County courtroom, faces additional charges of lewd or lascivious acts upon a child in Riverside County, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office announced, according to the Orange County Register.

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“While that evidence will be presented in court, there are now allegations of multiple sexual assault victims,” Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said, according to KTLA. “And so, we do believe that Mr. Neal was involved in creating more victims beyond the murder of Linda O’Keefe.”

Neal, of Monument, Colorado, was charged last month with the sexual assault and killing of the Newport Beach girl in July 1973. O’Keefe’s body was found in a Back Bay ditch the next day. Advanced DNA technology helped link Neal to the murder, police said.

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Neal faces a maximum 82 years to life in prison if convicted, authorities said.

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