44 infant remains exhumed, cemetery shut down in probe of funeral home

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Police have discovered 44 mishandled fetal remains at two cemeteries as part of an ongoing investigation into fetal remains found at a Detroit funeral home.

Officials have also shut down a suburban funeral as part of the probe.

Acting on a tip, officials discovered 17 fetuses that did not comply with burial regulations at the Gethsemane Cemetery, according to CNN.

A concurrent search at Knollwood Memorial Park cemetery found 27 improperly handled fetuses. Knollwood Cemetery was shut down, according to CNN.

The searches were part of the ongoing investigation into criminal behavior at Perry Funeral Home, according to The Associated Press.

Michigan’s Licensing and Regulatory Affairs office says Thursday that a cease and desist order has been issued to Knollwood Memorial Park cemetery in Canton Township due to improper storage of remains, according to The Associated Press. Knollwood cemetery was shut down.

On Wednesday, police removed nearly four dozen fetal remains from Knollwood and a Detroit cemetery, according to The Associated Press.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig said Thursday there were “some discrepancies” with documents for 27 sets of remains from Knollwood and 17 from the Detroit cemetery, according to The Associated Press.

The remains were handled by Perry Funeral Home in Detroit where 63 fetal remains were found in October. Perry’s mortuary science license has been suspended, according to The Associated Press.

Gethsemane Cemetery, which is owned by the city, was not found to be at fault, according to CNN.

Earlier this year, 11 infants were found in a hidden ceiling compartment at Cantrell Funeral Home with four more in the basement, according to CNN.

In addition, 63 fetal remains were also removed from Perry Funeral Home, according to CNN.

Police say there may be more improperly handled infants or fetuses elsewhere, according to CNN.

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