Reading biological parents of dismembered teen seek estate access

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 2, 2017 9:21 AM

A memorial service for Grace Packer was held at New Life Presbyterian Church in Glenside. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

(Reading) -- The biological parents of a 14-year-old Pennsylvania girl who authorities say was killed and dismembered by her adoptive mother are trying to become administrators of the girl's estate.

An attorney for Rose and Rodney Hunsicker say  they want to become administrators so they can sue the Berks County social service agencies that placed Grace Packer with the woman accused of abusing and killing her.

The Hunsickers, who live in Reading, lost custody of Grace and her two siblings years ago amid allegations that other adults were abusing the children.

Grace was two at the time.

Now, Grace's adoptive mother, Sara Packer, and Packer's boyfriend, Jacob Sullivan, have pleaded not guilty to murder charges in her death.

Authorities say Grace was killed in July 2016 as part of a rape-murder fantasy and dismembered months later.

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