More than 60 infant bodies found at another funeral home in Detroit

Source MGN Online

Source MGN Online

According to the Detroit Free Press, Detroit Police Chief James Craig told reporters at a press conference that officers uncovered the remains after the department received a tip about the funeral home.

The Cantrell Funeral Home was shut down for "deplorable conditions" in April after several violations, including decomposing remains, were found. LARA suspended its mortuary science establishment license.

The grisly discovery was made at Perry Funeral Homes after police executed a search warrant to search the premises.

Investigators conducted a raid of Perry Funeral Home on Friday, removing the remains of 63 infant bodies and fetuses, WXMI reported.

More than 200 cremated human remains found at Cantrell in Detroit are awaiting identification and proper burial and will be turned over to Verheyden funeral home in Grosse Pointe Park - where they've set up a hotline for families looking for the remains of loved ones.

LARA said that it found three unrefrigerated boxes containing the remains of approximately 36 deceased bodies of fetuses or infants.

The agency's statement said Friday's findings point clearly toward criminal offences of state laws regulating funeral homes that could be felonies "punishable by imprisonment for not more than 10 years or a fine of not more than (US)$50,000 or both".

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That lawsuit, filed in July, alleges that the Perry Funeral Home stored the remains of stillborn and live birth babies in the Wayne State University School of Mortuary Science morgue for up to three years without trying to notify parents, some of whom wanted to donate the bodies for medical research.

"I'm really wondering where all the rest of them are", Cieslak said Friday.

Absent any statutory exception, the failure or refusal to properly supervise the final disposition of a dead human body after agreeing to provide the services of a funeral director within 60 days of receiving the body is a criminal violation under Section 160c of the Michigan Penal Code. Some of the dates of death go back to 2015.

No connection between the two cases has yet been established, Detroit's police chief said.

For more information, call the Verheyden Funeral Home at 313-821-9040.

The cremains of four people were found, this week, by someone working on the former funeral home.

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