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Father smothered his sons’ 11-year-old half-sister to death while raping her

By Mason White 11:55 AM August 6, 2017
Jacelyn O'Connor and James Brower
Jacelyn O’Connor and James Brower
By: Emily Lewis

(Scroll down for video) What was supposed to be a nice vacation to bond with her brothers turned into a tragedy for a young girl.

Police in Norwich, New York, said that the girl went to visit her half-brothers when she was killed by their father.

Prosecutors said that 11-year-old Jacelyn O’Connor, was smothered to death while she was being raped by 36-year-old James Brower.

O’Connor was staying in a trailer home on 961 County Route 33, where she was killed.

Officer responded to the home shortly after 11:00 a.m., for reports of cardiac arrest. When they arrived, officers found the girl deceased.

An autopsy revealed that Jacelyn died of asphyxiation and the death was ruled a homicide.

Brower was charged with first-degree murder in the course and commission of rape in the first degree. He is being held without bail.