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Woman allegedly hides baby’s body in pants of corpse

The cost of a corpse, and all of that…

Woman allegedly hides baby’s body in pants of corpse

AUSTIN, Texas - A former funeral home worker who pleaded no contest to hiding a baby’s body in the pants of a man’s corpse slated for cremation - apparently to avoid paying an extra $50 fee - faces the permanent loss of her funeral director’s license.

The Texas Funeral Service Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to find that Stephanie Barkley engaged in unethical and unprofessional conduct.

“I believe this is absolutely the worst case I’ve seen in seven years,” said Harry Whittington, chairman of the commission that regulates the funeral industry.

The commission also recommended fines of $41,500 for Barkley and $8,400 for her family’s business, Barkley Mortuary of Crockett. The recommendations now go to a state administrative law judge for trial.

Barkley, 41, pleaded no contest in Harris County criminal court to abusing a corpse. She was sentenced in April to two years probation, community service and a fine of $300. She also was ordered to pay the baby’s parents $200 in restitution and voluntarily gave up her funeral license for two years.

Barkley could not be reached for comment Tuesday by the Houston Chronicle. Her lawyer, Michael Laviage, said the criminal case was based on circumstantial evidence.

A commission investigator last year informed the baby’s family, who live in Houston, of the incident. Commissioners ordered investigators to notify the family of the dead man.

I knew there was a little more to this story:

Whittington said Barkley apparently was trying to avoid paying the extra $50 it would have cost to have the baby cremated.

Family given wrong ashes

The baby’s family, who live in Houston, learned of the situation a year ago when a state investigator knocked on their door and asked to examine ashes they had been given by the funeral home. It was determined that the ashes in two small urns were from an unknown adult.

“I asked her if she had the cremated remains of her baby, and she said ‘yes.’ I just had to tell her that she didn’t, that he was still at the crematorium,” commission investigator Donna Potter said.

The baby and the man later were cremated separately. The family of the dead man still has not been notified, but commissioners ordered Potter to visit them and tell them.

“Both families were harmed,” said Commissioner Laurens B. Fish III. “If I had to guess, the family of the adult would be horrified to know the circumstances.”

The owner of the Crosby crematory that reported the incident, called the situation “disgusting.”

“When the manager of my crematory found a premature baby wrapped in a plastic bag, stripped of all identification, stuffed into the pants leg of an adult male who was about to be cremated, he was astounded,” Anna Holy Blackwell said in a letter to the commission.

According to Potter’s report, Barkley told the baby’s parents she had put the baby’s cremated remains in the urns and would only charge $150 for the cremation, saying that is what the crematory charged. The crematory only charges $50 for an infant cremation.


Insanity in a nutshell

If you are offended by jokes made about stupid people who end up dead, count to 30 and move on. You being offended is the last thing I care about. Really.
MontiLee Stormer

My name is MontiLee (aka Penda), I am a 35 year-old Writer from Royal Oak, MI.
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