Remains of fetuses and infants found at second Detroit funeral home

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Remains of fetuses and infants found at second Detroit funeral home

Detroit Police Chief James Craig held a news conference Friday afternoon to announce the investigation into allegations of criminal behavior at the funeral home.

Inspectors for the State of Michigan's Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing Bureau said in a statement that they had found "heinous conditions and negligent conduct" at the Perry Funeral Home, including numerous failures to certify death certificates and obtain proper permits for burial.

About 36 fetuses and infants have been removed from a Detroit funeral home, the second facility where remains have been improperly disposed. An anonymously written letter led MI inspectors to find badly decomposed remains of 11 infants hidden in a ceiling compartment of the shuttered Detroit funeral home.

Detroit police have an ongoing criminal investigation into the Cantrell Funeral Home.

Three unrefrigerated boxes containing the remains of a total of approximately 37 deceased bodies of fetuses or infants plus a deep freezer containing 26 additional deceased bodies. The statement said the funeral home has been closed and had its business suspended because it posed "an imminent threat to the public health and safety".

Mr Craig said on Friday: "This is deeply disturbing". Some of the deceased had dates of death in 2015.

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There was one previously scheduled service at Perry Funeral Home and arrangements are being made for it to occur at another location.

Cantrell Funeral Home was shut down in April by Licensing and Regulatory Affairs for multiple violations, including improper storage of embalmed bodies, with two in an advanced stage of decomposition, according to a press release.

Charges have not yet been filed in the Cantrell Funeral Home case, but Craig said he has been in touch with both the Michigan Attorney General's Office and the Wayne County prosecutor about what the next steps might be.

As part of investigators' widening probe, Detroit police also raided another funeral home, the Q A Cantrell Funeral Home in suburban Detroit's Eastpointe, along with a home in Grosse Pointe Woods.

In the meantime, there even more questions - like what's happening with the hundreds of cremated remains from Cantrell Funeral Home.

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