US mother admits plotting daughter's death: 'I wan

US mother admits plotting daughter's death: 'I wan

The mother of a US girl who was raped, murdered and dismembered testified that she helped plot the attack and carry it out, telling her daughter before her death that "I can't help you anymore."

Appearing to smirk at times, Sara Packer calmly recounted how she watched her boyfriend sexually assault her daughter, 14-year-old Grace Packer, then strangle her in a hot attic outside Philadelphia. She said Grace looked at her as she was being choked to death, and Sara Packer took her hand and told her it was "OK to go."

"Grace had become, for lack of a better word, a non-entity," Sara Packer said in a monotone. "She just didn't exist anymore. I wanted her to go away."

Sara Packer's testimony came at a sentencing hearing for Jacob Sullivan, who pleaded guilty to rape, first-degree murder and other offences in Grace's death. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Sullivan. The defense is seeking life in prison.