Detroit Police remove more than 63 infant remains from Perry Funeral Home in Detroit

DETROIT (WXYZ) – Investigators raided Perry Funeral Home in Detroit late Friday afternoon and have removed nearly 63 infant remains, according to Detroit Police.

Officers found 36 fetuses in cardboard boxes and 27 more in freezers. The conditions of the fetuses are unknown.

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) has revoked the funeral home’s license and shut the facility down.

According to the department, “negligence and an improper storage of bodies resulted in an imminent threat to public safety.”

Investigators found numerous violations including:

Three unrefrigerated boxes containing the remains of a total of approximately 36 deceased bodies of fetuses or infants plus a deep freezer containing an unknown number of additional deceased bodies. Some of the deceased had dates of death in 2015.

Respondents failed to certify and file death certificates for the dead bodies of the fetuses and infants for whom they assumed custody with the appropriate governmental authority within 72 hours of death.

Absent any statutory exception, the failure or refusal to properly supervise the final disposition of a dead human body after agreeing to provide the services of a funeral director within 60 days of receiving the body is a criminal violation under Section 160c of the Michigan Penal Code.

Respondents failed to secure permits for removal or burial of dead human bodies before interment or disposal.

Respondents obtained possession or embalmed the dead human bodies of the fetuses and infants without first being expressly directed or authorized to do so by a relative of the deceased persons or a person entitled to custody.

Bodies recovered from the home — those awaiting burial or cremation — will be placed in LARA’s custody. Officials say their contracted facility has “adequate and appropriate refrigeration.”

Under Michigan law, a person is guilty of a felony for “failure to or refusal to properly supervise the final disposition of a dead human body” more than 180 days after the funeral takes possession of the dead body. The person may face a maximum of 10 years in prison and/or $50,000 fine.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig announced the investigation into Perry Funeral Home located on Trumbull Avenue early Friday.

Right now, police say there is no connection between Cantrell Funeral Home and Perry Funeral Home.

7 Action News is asking for your help as we continue investigating Perry Funeral Home and Cantrell Funeral Home. If you have any information or stories about your experiences, please email us at news@wxyz.com.
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2 fetuses found in Harlem as investigators continue search for 3rd in Queens!!

HARLEM, Manhattan — Two fetuses were found in Harlem overnight and investigators are continuing to search for a third newborn in Queens, police said Friday.

A fetus was found in a waste treatment facility on West 135th Street near 12th Avenue in Harlem Thursday around 11:40 p.m., police said Friday.

The fetus is of unknown age and gender, and was pronounced dead at the scene by EMS, according to police. The medical examiner will determine the baby’s cause of death.

This discovery was made after police responded to a Manhattan hospital where a 23-year-old woman arrived Thursday afternoon after allegedly giving birth and disposing of the fetus.

The woman allegedly told police the general location of the fetus, and police found the newborn in the trash outside a Harlem home on Amsterdam Avenue between West 131 and West 133 streets, NYPD officials said.

Friday’s investigations come two days after another 23-year-old woman arrived at a hospital in Richmond Hill, Queens, complaining of severe abdominal pain and trauma, police said.

The woman showed evidence of having given birth and told officials she delivered a baby on Sunday that was not responsive so she disposed of it, police said.

That fetus has not been located, police said Friday.

Charges have not yet been filed in any of the instances.

In New York, the Abandoned Infant Protection Act allows a parent to abandon a newborn baby up to 30 days of age anonymously and without fear of prosecution  if the baby is abandoned in a safe manner, according the state website.

According to the site:

A parent is not guilty of a crime if the infant is left with an appropriate person or in a suitable location and the parent promptly notifies an appropriate person of the infant’s location.

Under this law, parents may leave the newborn at places such as a  hospital, fire station or with police.

For more information regarding the Abandoned Infant Protection Act, call 1-866-505-SAFE (7233).

A list of free or low-cost services for expectant mothers, new mothers and women who have lost pregnancies across the five boroughs can be found here.

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