An autopsy report determined that cocaine intoxication played a role in the death of 2-year-old Te’Myah Plummer, whose dead body was recovered near a set of New Jersey train tracks earlier this year.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, the victim was identified by the FBI through genetic testing and her father, Travis Plummer, was arrested a short time later on suspicion of desecrating her remains.
According to Fox News, further testing revealed that her death was a homicide. The causes of death were listed as cocaine intoxication and violent injuries.
Both the toddler and her father had been missing in the weeks leading up to the discovery of her body in a pink suitcase on April 11 near a
Plummer, who was arrested in Puerto Rico, has since been extradited to New Jersey to face charges.
A few months after his arrest, prosecutors alleged that the suspect wrapped his daughter’s body “in multiple bags” before putting it in a vehicle and driving to New Jersey.
If convicted of desecrating his daughter’s remains, Plummer could face up to 10 years behind bars. Prosecutors could recommend additional time based on his prior criminal record.
His previous convictions include child abuse that resulted in his 8-month-old son’s death more than a decade ago.
Plummer has also been convicted of abduction, felony child neglect, possession of a deadly weapon, and a range of drug-related criminal counts.
NJ.com reported that assistant deputy public defender Andre Vitale said the defense team is “still developing our narrative of what happened.”
[Featured image: Te’Myah Plummer and Travis L. Plummer/Richmond Police Department]