Criminal proceedings against a Gloucester couple whose young daughter was discovered confined in a modified crib, starving and covered in her own waste, are scheduled to begin next week.
Shannon Nicole Gore, 26, and Brian Scott Gore, 31, are each charged with two felonies, aggravated malicious wounding, and child abuse. The couple is scheduled to be tried together by a Gloucester Circuit Court jury in proceedings set to begin Tuesday and last through the week.
The Gores were arrested in April 2011 after Gloucester sheriff’s investigators searched their mobile home on Carrie Lane in connection with another matter. They discovered the emaciated child in a darkened room, trapped in what investigators described as an upside-down crib with a heavy board on top.
The girl, who appeared to be five or six years old, was immediately removed from the home and hospitalized. She has since been placed with a family in another locality. A one-month-old boy described as in good condition was also removed from the home and placed in protective care.
After questioning the Gores about the discovery, investigators returned to their home the next day and uncovered the remains of a young child buried beneath a shed in the yard. The couple was initially charged with murder in connection with that finding, but investigators were not able to produce evidence to support the charge and it was dismissed.