A contractor at a funeral home in Lodi has dumped the body of a stillborn baby in the trash and now police have opened an investigation.
Workers at the Cherokee Memorial Funeral Home contacted police Saturday after finding the body was missing from the camp, Lodi Police said in a statement.
Investigators learned the body had been dumped by an employee of a contracted transportation service, authorities said. The employee threw away a box containing the remains about two weeks earlier, police said.
Police confirmed Sunday that the body was dumped in the trash after gaining access to the funeral home’s surveillance video, Lt. Sean Blanford of the Lodi Police Department. Investigators plan to question the contractor, who has not been publicly identified.
The body could not be recovered because all of the funeral home’s waste bins had been taken away by a collection company, police said in a statement.
Investigators are looking into a number of potential criminal code violations, but Blanford said officers were still working to determine whether criminal charges would be pursued.
Tori Monforte, general manager of the funeral home, said officials could not provide details of the case, including the employee’s name, because of the ongoing investigation.
“We are working closely with the family, law enforcement and others involved to investigate the incident and resolve the issue quickly,” she said in an email.
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-07-18/stillborn-baby-tossed-out-in-the-trash-at-california-funeral-home Stillborn baby tossed in the trash at California funeral home