Gloucester County authorities say they unearthed the remains of a child outside a home where they earlier found a malnourished little girl in a makeshift cage.
The sheriff's office says a girl who appears to be 5 or 6 years old was found Thursday night in a crib that had been modified with a piece of wood to keep her confined. The child was in guarded condition at a Norfolk hospital Friday. A month-old boy was found unharmed. Both children were turned over to the county Department of Social Services.
Their parents, 29-year-old Brian Gore and 25-year-old Shannon Gore, were charged with felony child abuse. Shannon Gore also was charged with attempted capital murder and was being held without bond. The Daily Press reports that Brian Gore initially was released on $1,500 bond, but was rearrested on unspecified charges and returned to jail after the remains were found.
Deputies discovered the remains while digging under and around a shed at the Gore residents Friday evening. The age, gender and identity of the remains are not known, pending an examination by the state Medical Examiner's Office.
"I've done this for 20 years, and I've never seen anything like this in my life," Gloucester Sheriff's Maj. Darrell Warren said.
Neighbor Tim Hudnall shook his head in disbelief when told that there was a 5- to 6-year-old girl living at the trailer next door. He said he had seen the infant, but had never seen a girl with the Gores in the six years they've been neighbors.