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Virginia Parents Accused of Murder, Keeping Starving Child in Cage

Thinkstock/Getty Images(GLOUCESTER COUNTY, Va.) -- Two Virginia parents are being held Wednesday without bail in Gloucester County jail cells, still larger than the tiny cage police say they used to imprison their young daughter, feeding her so little she was forced to eat her own skin.

Brian and Shannon Gore are awaiting trial for the attempted murder of the five- or six-year-old girl as well as murder, after police found the body of another child buried on their property a day after discovering the severely malnourished girl.

The couple appeared in a Gloucester County criminal court Wednesday morning where they refused bond and did not enter pleas.

The couple was arrested Thursday, when police knocking on doors during a robbery investigation stumbled upon the caged little girl, naked and covered in feces and bed sores.

Cops returned Friday and after searching a shack near the couple's trailer home, unearthed the remains of a small child. Police have yet to confirm that child's age, sex or cause of death.

Authorities are still awaiting the autopsy report in the child's death, said commonwealth attorney Robert Hicks.

In addition to the caged girl, whose age police estimate at five or six, police removed a healthy two-month-old infant. Both children were placed in protective custody.

The caged girl was extremely malnourished and according to Brian Gore, 29, was fed a single Pop-Tart in the morning and another Pop-Tart or sandwich at night, said Maj. Darrell Warren of the Gloucester County Sheriff's Office. She was so hungry her bones were visible and she ate her own flaking dried skin, Warren confirmed.

Brian Gore told police the caged girl had been born at home and did not have birth certificate, Warren said. He told police the girl had Down syndrome and cerebral palsy. 

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