11 dead babies found in funeral home that closed after violations

Lester Mason
October 13, 2018

Police are investigating after authorities found nine badly decomposed bodies inside a box and two inside a casket, all hidden in a false ceiling at the former Cantrell Funeral Home, Detroit police Lieutenant Brian Bowser told reporters.

CONSTRUCTION workers have made a chilling discovery at a former funeral home in the USA state of MI after finding the bodies of 11 babies decomposing in the roof.

This comes after MI inspectors reportedly shut down Cantrell Funeral Home in April after discovering the funeral home had several violations "including decomposing remains and deplorable conditions". "The inspectors from LARA located the boxes, or the one box and the casket, and they subsequently called 911".

Some of the infants were apparently stillborn and inside a cardboard box hidden in a drop-down ceiling of a stairwell. The site is being converted to a community center.

"Our father, Raymond E. Cantrell, founder of Cantrell Funeral Home in Detroit, has provided excellent service for over 50 years". At the time, inspectors reported finding multiple decomposing bodies and other unsanitary, improper practices.

"Based on a new complaint, LARA investigators today searched Cantrell Funeral Home and found the decomposing bodies of 11 infants", the statement said.

The department suspended the establishment's license.

The funeral home was shut down by state inspectors in April for racking up several violations including "deplorable conditions", according to WDIV. That suspension order remains in effect as does our investigation.

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