Here’s what’s next for the father of toddler found dead in suitcase in Jersey City
JERSEY CITY – The father of a 23-month-old girl found dead in a pink suitcase along train tracks near Journal Square is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday morning in Hudson County Superior Court.
Travis Plummer, 37, was charged with desecrating the remains of his daughter, Te’Myah Layauna Plummer, and was tracked down to San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he was arrested on April 19.
Following the April 11 discovery of the infant’s body on train tracks near the Journal Square Transportation Center, local homicide investigators were contacted by the Richmond Police Department in Virginia, which was investigating the whereabouts of Te’Myah and Plummer, officials said.
Authorities in Viriginia had asked for the public’s assistance in locating Plummer and the young girl, saying family members had not heard from the two since August. They said they may be in Jersey City or North Carolina.
Plummer was charged with felony child neglect in 2004 when his 8-month-old son drowned in a bathtub. He told police he had tried to perform CPR, which records indicate was not true, The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.
He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor child abuse in the 2004 case and served one year in jail. His other criminal convictions include child abuse, abduction, and weapons offenses, according to the report.
Plummer was extradited from Puerto Rico and made his first appearance on the charge in Hudson County on July 6. He entered a plea of not guilty at the hearing.
Although originally charged with the desecration of his daughter’s remains, information on the charges Plummer was ultimately indicted on by the grand jury in Hudson County was not available Monday due to the Columbus Day holiday.
Plummer is scheduled to be arraigned before Hudson County Superior Court Judge Patrick Arre at 9 a.m. in the Hudson County Administration Building in Jersey City.