Detroit police removed 63 fetuses Friday from a Detroit funeral home, as state inspectors the facility is under investigation for allegations of mishandling remains and fraud.
Police raided Perry's Funeral Home on Trumbull Ave. Friday afternoon and found 36 fetuses in boxes and an additional 27 fetuses in freezers there, Detroit police chief James Craig said.
"I'm stunned," Craig said. God help those families. "
The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs announced it had been suspended by Perry Funeral Home and its director, Gary Deak.
The decision to close the Friday, October 19, 2009 Detroit police execute a search warrant at Perry's Funeral Home in Detroit Friday afternoon, October 19 , 2018. “We served a warrant there,” Detroit Police Chief James Craig said. “We’re looking for evidence of improper disposal of remains or any other improprieties.”” width=”540″ data-mycapture-src=”https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2018/10/19/PDTN/de876786-754e-4ffc-bc06-2d819b618815-2018-1019-jg-Perry-007.jpg” data-mycapture-sm-src=”https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2018/10/19/PDTN/de876786-754e-4ffc-bc06-2d819b618815-2018-1019-jg-Perry-007.jpg?width=500&height=332″/>
Detroit Police execute a search warrant at Perry's Funeral Home in Detroit Friday afternoon, October 19, 2018. "We served a warrant there," Detroit Police Chief James Craig said. [Photo: John T. Greilick, Detroit News]
Friday's grisly discovery is the latest development in a widening investigation into Alleged improprieties at local funeral homes.
Craig said earlier Friday law enforcement agencies are tasked with investigating the issue.
Detroit police raided another funeral home Friday: QA Cantrell Funeral Home at Eastpointe, along with a home at Grosse Pointe Woods.
"This is more than we could know," Craig said during a press briefing Friday at the 5th Precinct. "These are allegations at this point, but it's very, very disturbing." "I've never seen anything like it in 41-and-a-half years (as a police officer)."
The investigation that started a week ago with the Cantrell Funeral Home in Detroit spreads this week to Perry Funeral Home.
According to Moon's press release, during Friday's inspection, workers with LARA's Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing Bureau found:
- Three un-refrigerated boxes containing the remains of approximately 36 deceased bodies of fetuses or infants plus a deep freezer containing additional deceased bodies.
- The funeral home failed to certify and file death certificates for the dead bodies of the fetus and infants for whom they assumed custody with the proper governmental authority within 72 hours of death.
- 19659020] The funeral home fails to secure permits or burial of dead human bodies before interment or disposal.
- Perry "received the sentence or embalmed the dead human bodies of the fetuses and infants without first being expressly directed or authorized to do so by a relative to the deceased person or person entitled to custody," the release said.
"We will continue following the evidence," Craig added. "It's just unbelievable."
During the raid earlier Friday at QA Cantrell's Funeral Home, they removed computers, phone records and other items, according to the East Point's funeral home's attorney.
Craig told reporters that he met Friday with representatives from the state Attorney General's Office, Wayne County Prosecutor's Office, the FBI and LARA discusses how to move forward with a criminal investigation into the Cantrell and Perry funeral homes.
"There's no connection between the two funeral homes But there are similarities, including the improper disposal of fetuses, "Craig said.
"We may ask Michigan State Police to help at some point because of this investigation."
Annroit Cantrell, owner of QA Cantrell Funeral Home Attorney Arnold Reed is pleased with Raymond Cantrell's arrest Former owner of the Detroit facility.
"The police raided us early this morning at the funeral home and simultaneously at the home of Annetta Cantrell," Reed said. "They got laptops, bank statements, phone records and other records.
"They're throwing up a Hail Mary, but we're cooperating
Craig, meanwhile, said he had already planned to meet with the FBI to attend because of all that Perry Funeral Home fraudulently bille
Detroit Police execute a search warrant at Perry Funeral Home in Detroit Friday afternoon, October 19, 2018. "We served a warrant there," Detroit Police Chief James Craig said. [Photo: John T. Greilick, Detroit News]
FBI spokeswoman Agent Mara Schneider declined to comment Friday.  The investigations started Oct. 12, when state inspectors got a tip that fetuses and infants' bodies were improperly stored at Cantrell's Funeral Home on Mack Avenue.
April came in April shuttered the funeral home upon finding 21 improperly stored bodies , some of them covered in mold, in the facility. When they returned in August, LARA employees found two more bodies, one fetus and the other.
On Wednesday, the Cremated remains of four more bodies were found at Cantrell by state inspectors.
Craig said the investigation has come to fruition in the facility.
"A parent saw that and told his attorneys to contact police, "he said. The 72-page lawsuit filed in Wayne County's Circuit Court in July claims Perry Funeral Home, which is on Trumbull near Warren, the birth of a baby in the Wayne State University School of Mortuary Science ] The lawsuit further alleged that Perry's "fraudulently and deceptively" billed Medicaid, the Detroit Medical Center, and Harper-Hutzel's Hospital and the state of Michigan for funeral services and burials that were not performed.
The suit was filed by attorneys for Rachel Brown and Larry Davis, Alayah Davis's parents, who suffered from severe respiratory problems after birth. 8, 2014. She survived only 27 minutes.
Deak "Alayah's body had been interred at Knollwood Memorial Cemetery, Canton, MI, when Perry knew that her remains, along with those of some additional 35-36 deceased infants and / or fetuses were being stored in the morgue at Wayne State University's School of Mortuary Science.
Delayed Certificates of Death as to Knockwood Memorial Park Cemetery, "the lawsuit said."
Perry Funeral home attorney Joshua I. Arnkoff responded Friday, saying "at this time, Peter J. Parks and Daniel W. Cieslak, attending a meeting Fri.
The attorneys in that lawsuit Craig said.
"We're widening our investigation," Craig said. We do not know. "
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