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Man gets 20 years for dumping toddler daughter’s remains in a suitcase in NJ

Posted: 3:26 PM, Jun 24, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-24 15:26:02-04

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — A Virginia man whose toddler daughter’s body was found in a suitcase next to New Jersey railroad tracks has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Travis Plummer, right, is accused of dumping the body of his daughter, Te’Myah Layauna Plummer, left, in suitcase near tracks in Jersey City in 2018. (Richmond Police)

Travis Plummer was convicted in April of unlawful concealment of human remains. The 38-year-old Richmond man was sentenced Friday.

Authorities have said Plummer took 23-month-old Te’Myah Layauna Plummer from her mother in Virginia in fall 2017 and traveled to New Jersey with the decomposing body wrapped inside a suitcase.

Investigators said they believe Plummer left the suitcase in a friend’s Jersey City garage for months, but after a March 2018 police visit dumped it off a bridge, where it was found near the tracks the following month.

The child died of unspecified violence and cocaine intoxication. Plummer hasn’t been charged with killing the girl.