Mother who killed 14-year-old adopted daughter will spend life in prison

Jim Melwert
March 29, 2019 - 5:52 pm
Sara Packer

Bucks County District Attorney's Office


DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — The mother who killed her 14-year-old adopted daughter in what prosecutors have called a "rape-murder fantasy" has pleaded guilty to the crimes and will spend the rest of her life in prison. 


Bucks County Judge Diane Gibbons told Sara Packer that when she first heard about this case, she couldn’t comprehend how a mother could do that to a child. But, the judge said, she realized Packer never was a mother to 14-year-old Grace.

Instead, she only saw the girl as a paycheck from the foster care system, a "non-entity," as Packer has called her.

The judge also said she’s not surprised to hear that Packer has not had incidents in county jail because, the judge said, she preys on children — not adults who could stand up to her.

Gibbons lashed out at Packer during the sentencing, telling her that many of the women she’ll meet in state prison have had their children end up in foster care, and those mothers, the judge assumed, probably go to sleep at night praying their children aren’t placed with someone like Packer.

Packer was sentenced to life plus 52 to 104 years.

She also noted that Packer had every opportunity in life but instead decided to use her college degree in psychology to try to break young Grace. However, Gibbons said she was never able to accomplish that, and by all accounts, the teen's zest for life survived to her last breath.