GLOUCESTER, Va. (WAVY) - A Gloucester County man accused of first degree murder of one child and felony child neglect of another appeared in court Wednesday morning for an arraignment hearing.
Both Brian Gore and his wife Shannon were expected to appear, however, Shannon did not. According to her attorney, Ron Smith, she didn't need to appear because she was not requesting bond, and she already had an attorney.
Smith said, "We have to tell our story in front of a jury. I can't tell you our story, but believe me, there are two sides to this story." Brian Gore was appointed an attorney as well.
The Gores are accused of caging their 6-year-old daughter, starving her and leaving her to fester in her own waste. The child was found at the couple's home, located at 8142 Carrie Lane, earlier this week.
Commonwealth's Attorney Bob Hicks said he may be adding more charges or fine tuning them, but it is clear he is weaving a complicated and emotionally charged story, "What I've read...You haven't seen the pictures. If you saw the pictures you would cry. You would cry."
WAVY.com has also learned investigators dug up a wooden box in the Gore's backyard following a tip from Brian Gore during his investigation interview. Investigators found a wooden box with human remains. Those remains are still with the medical examiner, and both are charged with first degree murder for that.
Investigators are working on the assumption the child found in the crib box, who is now at CHKD in guarded condition, weighs only 16 pounds. Investigators are also working on the assumption that both Brian and Shannon Gore are the biological parents of the one month old son who is now in foster care, the 6-year-old who is at CHKD, and the child whose remains were found buried.
The investigators and prosecutor in this case are also working on the assumption the daughter was born in November 2004 which makes the child 6 years old. Believe it or not, the Gores could not give an accurate birth date.
A search warrant shows investigators found among other items: two sets ultrasound announcement photos, one girls skirt, one flowered girls pants, one white child's crib, one plywood board and wooden frame, one crib mattress, and one Christmas tree in a box.
The Gores remain behind bars and are expected back in court on August 2 for a preliminary hearing. If indictments are handed down, then the case will be transferred to Circuit Court because the charges are felonies.
WAVY.com has gotten a lot of calls and emails from caring viewers who want to help. There are many children like these children who are victims of abuse. If you would like to help abused children, you can send contributions to the CHKD Child Abuse Program. The address is P.O. Box 2156, Norfolk, VA 23507. The phone number is (757) 668-7070.
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