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Authorities ID toddler remains found in discarded suitcase, arrest father: Cops

Authorities in New Jersey have identified the young girl’s body found in a suitcase near a train station earlier this month.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, the toddler’s remains were discovered on April 11 under a bridge near the Journal Square Transportation Center.

Though initial estimates placed the girl’s age at about 10 months, authorities now say she was more than twice that old.

Following genetic testing at the FBI’s Quantico, Virginia, headquarters, the 23-month-old girl has since been identified as Te’Myah Layuana Plummer, of Richmond, Virginia.

According to CBS News, her father was arrested on suspicion of desecrating her remains.

Investigators indicate that at this point they do not believe the girl died in New Jersey. It remains unclear what caused her death, though initial reports showed police were investigating the case as a homicide.

Authorities in Virginia reportedly reached out to their New Jersey counterparts shortly after Te’Myah Plummer’s body was found.

An FBI probe led agents to San Juan, Puerto Rico, where they located the suspect on Thursday. He was later arrested and was awaiting extradition as of the latest updates available.

Reports indicate 37-year-old Travis Plummer and his daughter had been the subject of a missing persons alert issued last month. Neither had been seen for some time when the report was filed, though authorities did not treat either individual as endangered.

At that time, an investigation suggested Plummer was considering a relocation to either Charlotte, North Carolina, or Jersey City, where his daughter’s body was found.

[Te’Myah Plummer and Travis L. Plummer/Richmond Police Department]