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:
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.