Homicide charge dropped; Gores found guilty of neglect
A Gloucester couple serving 30 years in prison on conviction of abusing their daughter was found guilty last week of felony abuse/neglect of their infant son whose remains were found buried in their backyard.
Brian and Shannon Gore were sentenced to 30 years in 2013 for felony abuse and malicious aggravated wounding related to the maltreatment of their daughter.
The girl was discovered emaciated and in squalor inside a makeshift cage in 2011 when police investigators went to the Gores’ mobile home on an unrelated matter. The six-year-old had the body weight of a six-month-old when she was found.
After questioning Brian Gore, investigators returned to the property and uncovered the remains of a seven-month-old boy buried under a backyard shed. Brian told investigators the boy had stopped breathing while he was home alone with him.
Both the boy and his sister had been kept a secret by the couple and had never seen a medical doctor. Brian Gore told investigators that was why he did not call for an ambulance when he discovered the infant was not breathing.
The couple was initially charged with murder in connection with the remains, but the charge was dropped in 2012 due to a lack of evidence at the time.
After a Virginia medical examiner ruled the cause and manner of the infant’s death was undetermined, the remains were sent to a forensic anthropologist for examination. The anthropologist’s findings led to new indictments against the Gores last year alleging felony child neglect and homicide in connection with the remains.
In Gloucester Circuit Court last week, 33-year-old Brian Gore and 28-year-old Shannon Gore pleaded not guilty to the new charges.