Criminal Investigation Launched Into Fetuses Found in Detroit Funeral Home

The former Cantrell Funeral Home on Oct. 15, 2018 in Detroit. Carlos Osorio / AP

Detroit police are considering criminal charges in the case of former funeral home where the decomposing bodies of 10 fetuses and a baby were found above a ceiling, officials said.

“There’s a criminal investigation that has been launched,” Officer Dan Donakowski, Detroit Police Department spokesman told NBC News on Tuesday about the bodies found at the former Cantrell Funeral Home. “From there, all information will be sent to the Wayne County prosecutor’s office.”

The investigation was formally filed on Monday but the spokesman said there is no set deadline for when it would end.

The baby’s bodies were first found last week at the Cantrell Funeral Home when officials at the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs received an anonymous letter tipping them off as to where the bodies were located.

“In my 41-and-a-half years, I have never heard of such a case as deeply troubling,” Detroit Chief of Police James Craig told reporters at a Monday news conference.

The fetuses were found together in a cardboard-like box while the full-term infant was in a coffin, Craig said.

The department is looking into felony charges related to the final disposition of dead bodies, according to Craig.

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SOURCE: NBC News, Didi Martinez