NJ Funeral Home’s Casket With Infant Remains Winds Up on Philly Street
PHILADELPHIA — The embalmed remains of an infant found inside a casket on the street came from a New Jersey funeral home. But it's a mystery how they got there.
A small white casket was found just after 9 p.m. on Monday with embalmed internal organs inside on a sidewalk on West Clearfield Street across from Mount Vernon Cemetery in the city's Strawberry Mansion section, according to Philadelphia Police. No skeletal remains were found.
A New Jersey funeral home contacted police on Tuesday claiming the casket belonged to them, 6 ABC Action News reported. Capt. Malachi Jones told the station that the casket had a broken latch and the body of an infant inside was placed in another casket.
However, the infant's funeral was in New Jersey, according to the the report.
Jones speculated the organs were put in the bag after an autopsy. He would not disclose the name of the funeral home.