Prosecutor: Child found in suitcase died from violence, cocaine intoxication

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JERSEY CITY -

A toddler found dead inside a suitcase in Jersey City earlier this year died from violence and cocaine intoxication, according to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

The medical examiner ruled the death a homicide.

Te'Myah Layauna Plummer’s decomposing body was found inside a suitcase in a train yard on April 11.

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Authorities say that the toddler’s father, 37-year-old Travis Plummer, took the 23-month-old child from her mother in Virginia last fall and traveled to New Jersey with the decomposing body wrapped inside a suitcase. Authorities believe Plummer left the suitcase in a friend's garage in Jersey City, and dumped it near the tracks after police came to the friend's house in March.

The FBI tracked Plummer to San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he was arrested April 19.

Plummer has previously pleaded not guilty to charges of improper disposal of human remains. He was arraigned on the charges Oct. 9.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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