Friday, 16 November, 2018

Shock as bodies of 11 babies found in ceiling of funeral home

Bodies of 11 infants found in ceiling of shuttered Detroit funeral home Bodies of 11 infants found in ceiling of shuttered Detroit funeral home
Ellis Copeland | 13 October, 2018, 21:44

- State workers found remains of 11 bodies of babies in the ceiling of the closed Cantrell Funeral Home, according to Detroit police.

Michigan's Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs suspended the license of the funeral home in April after inspectors found decomposing embalmed bodies and other violations.

Police say the bodies had been hidden in the ceiling of the Mack Avenue business - eight inside a cardboard box and three others in individual bags inside a casket.

The Detroit Police Department will continue to investigate the discovery Friday and had cadaver dogs searching the property, Bowser said.

This comes after MI inspectors reportedly shut down Cantrell Funeral Home in April after discovering the funeral home had several violations "including decomposing remains and deplorable conditions".

The failure to properly dispose of human remains by a funeral home within 60 days of receiving the body is a criminal misdemeanor under the Michigan Penal Code. Authorities do not know how long the remains had been stored there, he said. Authorities removed the infants from the building and sent them to the Medical Examiner's office to be identified.

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Jameca LaJoyce Boone, who was the funeral home's manager for a year before it was shut down and had her individual mortuary licence revoked, said she had no idea what was going on with the baby's bodies.

"You wouldn't just guess this", Detroit police lieutenant James Demps said.

The horrors inside the old Cantrell Funeral Home had been cleansed in the spring, people thought.

"On behalf of my family I'm really sorry that it happened and totally appalled. I was trying to go handling things at hand", Cantrell said.

The bodies were found hidden in a drop-down ceiling at the former Cantrell Funeral Home about 5.30pm on Friday. He said he only held the bodies because some people were unable to pay for a proper burial.

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