Details emerge about accused Gloucester couple

The image is grainy and the audio isn't clear, but what's happening is unmistakable.

Brian Gore had just proposed to his girlfriend, Shannon N. Smith, at a crowded restaurant. She covered her mouth and nose with her hands as cameras flashed. She took the ring and placed it on her finger.

Then she and Gore, who were charged Friday with penning a malnourished young girl in their Gloucester County mobile home, locked in a long embrace.

The video, uploaded less than three years ago on Gore's MySpace page on the Internet, shows the couple before authorities made the startling discovery last week while investigating an unrelated burglary.

The girl was found under a crib that had been modified into a cage. The situation took a grisly turn hours later when Gloucester County sheriff's deputies unearthed what they say are the remains of another child buried outside the home.

The girl found inside the home, believed to be 5 or 6 years old, is being cared for at Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters in Norfolk. An infant boy was also taken from the couple and did not need to be hospitalized. Authorities have not yet identified the remains.

Deputies jailed Brian and Shannon Gore, who were both charged with felony child abuse, while Shannon Gore was also charged with attempted capital murder.

Family members of the couple did not open their doors to reporters nor did they answer telephone calls on Sunday. But details of the Gores are emerging through talks with neighbors, co-workers, and what's available on the Internet.

Brian Gore's MySpace page, which is open to public viewing, shows a smiling photo of him and Shannon — a stark contrast to the mug shots released Friday by deputies.

Images uploaded between 2008 and 2009 indicate that he is a car buff who favored Ford Mustangs. According to information from Facebook, he graduated from Gloucester High School in 2000. Deputies say he is 29.

Shannon Gore, 25, worked at the fast food restaurant Bojangles on Route 17 in Yorktown for about two years, employees said. She has been on maternity leave since the birth of a son about four weeks ago.

Like the Gores' neighbors at the mobile home park, Bojangles employees said they did not know anything about the young girl found in the mobile home. Shannon Gore visited the restaurant a few days ago with her infant son, employees said.

Her MySpace page is decorated with red hearts and contains an ultrasound image of a developing baby. The webpage, which indicates she last accessed the account on April 23, includes a list of popular songs sung by Ciara, Pink, and others.

In the upper right corner is the statement: "I am who I am your opinion isn't needed."

Daily Press reporter Matt Sabo contributed to this report

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