Earlier today, a Hudson County jury convicted a father of concealing his baby daughter’s remains in a suitcase and leaving them near a set of PATH train tracks in Jersey City last year.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Travis Plummer, 38, of Richmond, Virginia, was convicted by a on one count of unlawful concealment of human remains relating to his daughter’s remains being found in a suitcase.
The trial began on April 1st and closing arguments were heard yesterday.
At trial, the evidence established that Te’Myah Layauna Plummer, born on May 19, 2016, died at some point late in the summer of 2017.
After the fact, her father concealed her body in a suitcase which he brought to Jersey City on November 1, 2017, and then hid in a garage for four months.
In March 2018, Plummer dumped the suitcase off the Tonnelle Avenue Bridge, just off
Broadway in Jersey City, onto the side of the PATH train tracks below before fleeing to Miami and then Puerto Rico.
Te’Myah’s body was discovered by Port Authority employees on April 11, 2018 and he was arrested in Puerto Rico 12 days later.
The charge of unlawful concealment of human remains, is a second-degree crime and normally carries a sentence of five to 10 years in state prison.
However, because of the defendant’s prior criminal record, he could face between 10 to 20 years in state prison. Plummer is currently scheduled to be sentenced on May 17th, 2019.
The state was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Lynne Seborowski of the Homicide and Hudson County Superior Court Judge Patrick Arre presided over the matter.
Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez credited the collaborative effort by the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit, the Port Authority Police Department and the FBI offices in Newark and Richmond, and San Juan, for their help in this case.
She also thanked the Regional Medical Examiner’s Office and the Richmond Police Department in Virginia for their assistance in the investigation.