Estate access denied to Berks County parents of murdered teen

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 13, 2018 3:30 AM

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

(Doylestown) -- An eastern Pennsylvania court official has ruled neither the biological parents nor the adoptive grandparents of a 14-year-old who prosecutors say was killed and dismembered by her adoptive mother can become administrators of the girl's estate.

An attorney for Rose and Rodney Hunsicker says 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.

A Montgomery County court official wrote last week the couple couldn't request Grace's estate because their parental rights had been terminated.

The official wrote Grace's estate couldn't go to her adoptive grandparents either because of a potential conflict of interest due to their daughter's trial.

Authorities say Grace was killed in July 2016 as part of a rape-murder fantasy involving her adoptive mother Sara Packer and her boyfriend, Jacob Sullivan and dismembered months later.

A court-appointed administrator will handle the girl's estate.

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