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11 infant bodies found in former funeral home on Detroit's east side

Cantrell Funeral Home shut down in April for "deplorable conditions"

Cantrell Funeral Home in Detroit (WDIV)

The bodies of 11 babies were found in the ceiling of a former Detroit funeral home, according to Detroit police.

The remains were found after an anonymous tip was sent to state regulators Friday afternoon.

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The bodies were found in a hidden compartment located in the ceiling of the building. Nine bodies were found in a cardboard box, two were found in caskets -- all in a hidden section of the ceiling.

Detroit police have ordered the search of the entire building to make sure there are no additional bodies inside.

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Jason Moon, the Communications Director with the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) released the following statement:

“Based on a new complaint, LARA investigators today searched Cantrell Funeral Home and found the decomposing bodies of 11 infants. We then immediately contacted local authorities.

In April, LARA suspended the mortuary licenses of both the home and its manager Jameca LaJoyce Boone for many violations including the improper storage of decomposing bodies of adult and infants. That suspension order remains in effect as does our investigation. We will use the evidence gathered today to add to our open investigation and will continue to work with local law enforcement as this case proceeds.”

Video: Detroit police give update on investigation

 

Cantrell Funeral Home

State inspectors shut down the Cantrell Funeral Home on Mack Avenue in April after the discovery of several violations including decomposing remains and "deplorable conditions."

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LARA suspended the mortuary science establishment license after state inspectors reported finding decomposing bodies stored in an unrefrigerated garage and a filthy back room.

During a popup inspection during that time frame inspectors found 20 bodies, seven were in caskets, three were in cremation containers, and 10 were just lying on tables. According to inspectors many of the bodies had been decomposing for months.


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