Remains of 11 infant bodies found inside a shut-down funeral home
The gruesome discovery of 11 infant bodies inside a shut-down funeral home in Detroit has police scrambling to identify the babies and left one mother wondering if her child is among the deceased.
The Cantrell Funeral Home was closed down back in April after inspectors cited a number of unsanitary violations, the Detroit News reports. But last week, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs received a tip that there were bodies left rotting in a false ceiling, hidden inside the building.
The building’s new owner, Naveed Syed, told ABC affiliate WXYZ that one of the bodies had been in the ceiling since at least 2009. Police have some of the names of the remains and are still working with the medical examiner’s office to identify them all.
Jamie Fisher, whose baby girl died in 2000, wonders if her baby is among the dead babies found.
“When I heard that on the news I said, ‘man that could be my baby’ or anybody’s baby,” Fisher told Detroit’s Channel 7.
Fisher said that she was 17 years old when she gave birth to her baby but the infant only lived for two days.
“I held my baby while she as dead for a whole 24 hours,” she said.
Fisher said her family was going to have a funeral at Cantrell and sent the baby there ahead of services. But ultimately they couldn’t afford it.
When Fisher turned 18, she said she returned to the funeral home and inquired about her baby’s remains because she wanted to bury her.
She said the funeral home sent her on a hunt from cemetery to cemetery searching for her baby girls’ remains, but to no avail.
“I don’t know what happened. Where is she?”
Fisher said she wants closure and plans to visit the medical examiner’s officer in search of her baby’s remains.