A Virginia man is being charged in association with the death of his 23 month old daughter. Police found the toddler girl’s body in a suitcase next to train tracks in New Jersey earlier this year. The child’s father has been arraigned on a count of disturbing or concealing human remains.
Travis Plummer, a 37-year-old man from Richmond, VA has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Authorities say Plummer took 23-month-old Te’Myah Layauna Plummer from her mother in Virginia last fall and traveled to New Jersey with the decomposing body wrapped inside a suitcase. The body was found April 11.
A cause of death hasn’t been announced.
Authorities believe Plummer left the suitcase in a friend’s garage in Jersey City, and dumped it near the tracks after police came to the friend’s house in March.
The FBI tracked Plummer to San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he was arrested April 19.
The crime is punishable by five to 10 years in prison under New Jersey law. But the state will be filing a motion to extend Plummer’s term and seek a larger sentence, Assistant Prosecutor Lynne Seborowski said.
Plummer’s prior criminal convictions allow the state to seek an extended term. In 2005, he was convicted of child abuse in Virginia when his 8-month-old son drowned in a bathtub after he was left unattended, The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.