GLOUCESTER, Va. (WAVY) — The parents of a 6-year-old Gloucester girl who were convicted of nearly starving the child to death are now on trial for the death of their 7-month-old son.
The trial started Monday for Brian and Shannon Gore, who are charged with murder and child neglect in the death of the infant.
In April 2011, 10 On Your Side was there when Gloucester deputies made a horrific discovery: they found a 6-year-old malnourished girl in a turned-over crib used as a cage inside the Gore’s home. When investigators started interviewing the parents, they learned the body of a baby boy was buried in a box under the couple’s shed.
In court Monday, deputies described those interviews. What came out during testimony was that Connor Gore was born August 3, 2007. Shannon delivered him by herself on the living room couch while Brian was at work. Shannon told deputies she cut the umbilical cord with scissors, after studying the process from a website.
No one knew Shannon was even pregnant. Investigators said the couple kept it a secret because they didn’t want anyone to know of their other secret: a daughter named Allison, who was also born at home three years earlier.
Brian Gore told deputies they decided to keep the pregnancy quiet because they were not married and Shannon was only 17 when Allison was born. Neither of the children ever got any medical care.
In March 2008, Connor died in his crib. Deputies testified that Brian found the child and tried to give him CPR, but never called 911. He panicked for bit and then went to work.
Shannon carried the boy’s body around the house for several days before the couple decided to wrap him in a blanket and put him in a box with some toys. When investigators dug up the box, they found the bones in a little blue jump suit. A forensic examination found that the child had suffered from chronic malnutrition.
The boy’s 6-year-old sister was starved for most of her life. She weighed 15 pounds and was within a week of dying of malnutrition. The child was formally adopted by what a prosecutor called an “amazing couple.”
Brian told deputies he prided himself on being smart, but made some dumb choices.
The trial will continue 9:30 a.m. Tuesday with an expert from the Smithsonian Museum. The boy’s remains were taken to the Smithsonian so experts could determine a cause of death.