The malnourished girl, believed to be either 5 or 6, was discovered in a crib that was converted into a makeshift cage after police arrived at the home in Gloucester County to investigate a burglary last week.
The girl’s parents, Brian and Shannon Gore, were arrested and charged with felony child abuse. The mother was also charged with attempted capital murder.
However, the gruesome twosome now faces first-degree murder charges after the remains of what authorities believe to be another child were found buried outside their mobile home.
“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.
A 1-month-old baby boy was also found in the home, but was in good condition. Both he and the older girl are now in the care of the county Department of Social Services.
The horrific find came as police investigated a robbery.
A nearby homeowner reported his house was burglarized and claimed gold bullion, a vacuum cleaner, a passport, $2,000 in cash and other items had been stolen, according to a police report.
Investigators trailed the bullion to an auction house, which claimed to have bought the gold from 25-year-old Shannon Gore.
Authorities arrived at the Gores mobile home with a search warrant when they made the shocking discovery.
The girl’s blond-hair was matted and filled with knots. She wore only a diaper and t-shirt and was eating flakes of dried skin on her body.
Brian Gore, 29, reportedly told police the girl had been kept in the cage since the summer.
“It was horrific. I don’t know what else to say,” officers said.
“They seemed like nice people,” neighbor Tim Hudnall said. He noted he had seen the baby boy, but never saw a girl with the Gores in the 6 years they’ve been neighbors.
Deputies discovered the child’s remains while digging under and around a shed at the mobile home Friday evening. The age, gender and identity of the remains are not known, pending an examination by the state Medical Examiner’s Office.
The Gores are being held in prison as authorities determine how the child died. An autopsy report by the state medical examiner is pending.