Fetuses & Infants Found During Raid Of Another Detroit Funeral Home

Elias Hubbard
October 23, 2018

MI authorities say they've found improperly kept remains of fetuses and infants at a second Detroit funeral home, just one week after similar remains were found at the first.

The grim discovery comes a week after the remains of 10 foetuses and one baby were found in a drop-down ceiling of a separate, former funeral home in Detroit. Roughly 37 of the remains were found in cardboard boxes and 26 were found in a freezer.

Licensing and Regulatory Affairs said it has suspended the funeral home's mortuary science license because of "multiple violations of Michigan's public health and occupational codes and an imminent threat to the public health and safety". The funeral home also failed to get the necessary permits and kept the bodies without being directed by family members.

Some of the remains date back to 2015. In other words, the hospitals had informed Perry that the hospitals had reached out to the parents by certified mail and/ or by phone, and the families did not respond. "We do not believe that any of these remains involve families that paid Perry for funeral services".

Jason Moon of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs says the remains were found in three unrefrigerated boxes.

The bodies of 11 babies were found hidden at a former funeral home in Detroit on Friday after authorities received an anonymous letter leading them to the remains. The funeral home has been closed for more than two years.

Parks said Alayah's remains were in the basement morgue of the Detroit Medical Center's Harper/Hutzel Hospital for months and were never transferred to the Wayne State University School of Medicine as planned. "The medical examiner gives us permission to cremate, typically on the funeral director's dollar and they give us authorization to do that", Kemp said.

The remains were taken from Perry Funeral Home Friday and turned over to state investigators, according to WTOL.

Four more remains were discovered at Cantrell earlier this week.

Police have not said any charges have been filed; Detroit Police Chief James Craig said his department is investigating.

Craig said the investigation into the Perry Funeral Home began after a man who has sued that business over its handling of remains of infants and foetuses saw coverage of the discoveries at the Cantrell Funeral Home and told his attorney to contact police.

Kemp said it's the responsibility of the funeral home to care for the remains, regardless of their age.

"To me every life is important, whether they be fetuses or stillborns".

In Michigan, funeral directors generally must supervise a body's final disposition within 60 days of receiving it.

The remains were found by asbestos contractors working in the building.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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