8News has learned that the father charged in the death of his 2-year-old daughter who was found dead in a suitcase in New Jersey was previously convicted in the death of his infant son nearly 15 years ago.
Travis Plummer was arrested in Puerto Rico last week after his daughter, Te’Myah Plummer, was found dead in a suitcase in New Jersey.
Police in March reported that both Travis and Te’Myah were missing, but not believed to be in danger. The pair had reportedly last been seen in August 2017.
Travis Plummer is awaiting extradition back to New Jersey. Meanwhile, 8News has learned that Plummer was also charged with the death of his 8-month-old son, Etrueya Plummer, in 2004.
According to court documents, Richmond Police found the infant dead in Plummer’s apartment bathtub at Midlothian Village Apartments. Plummer’s 3-year-old son was also present in the bathtub at the time.
Guns and marijuana were also found in the apartment.
Plummer was charged with involuntary manslaughter, possession of marijuana and child neglect. An autopsy showed Etrueya had drowned.
Plummer’s attorney told 8News that his client originally pleaded not guilty to those charges. He said the drowning was accidental, and Plummer was in another room smoking marijuana when Etrueya drowned.
The case went to trial in 2005.
8News reported the judge declared a mistrial after a juror admitted to disobeying court instructions and read a newspaper article about the case.
Plummer’s lawyer said there were also errors concerning reports made by Child Protective Services. After the mistrial, Plummer went back to court.
This time he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of child neglect and was sentenced to one year in prison.
Court documents show just two months after sentencing in early 2006, Plummer was approved for work release and worked for C.V. Floors.
Richmond Police said that since last August family members have been looking for Plummer and Te’Myah, who they believed may had moved to North Carolina or New Jersey.
Earlier this month, Te’Myah’s body was found under a footbridge in New Jersey.
Plummer has been charged by the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit with desecrating human remains.
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