A Los Angeles funeral director left 11 deceased bodies to rot at his funeral home, including the bodies of infants, officials said.
Mark Allen, the former owner of a funeral home named after him in Sun Valley, faces 22 criminal charges for failing to properly care for and bury uncremated human remains, the LA district attorney’s office said. City in a statement last week.
The remains were found “in various stages of decomposition and mummification” twice in the past year, officials said.
The rotting bodies were discovered by authorities after receiving several complaints from family members of the deceased.
Mark B. Allen’s mortuary and cremation services have since closed.
According to a motion to close the funeral home filed by the cemetery and the state funeral office, the bodies were found in April 2021 in a storage unit that had a temperature of around 60 degrees when an employee of the agency had already gone to the morgue.
Officials observed a “swarm of flies buzzing around” the unit’s exhaust vent and noted a “foul and extremely strong” rotting smell, according to the petition.
“We are fighting to get justice for these families in this incredibly sad and shocking situation,” City Attorney Mike Feuer said in a statement.
“Eleven people died, including very young children, and the funeral director hired to compassionately prepare the bodies for burial would have simply left them to rot, without the decency and dignity that all of our loved ones deserve,” he said. -he adds. “Their deaths are a tragedy, and this alleged monstrous mistreatment is a second tragedy.”
Allen faces a maximum sentence of 11 years in prison and a $110,000 fine — $10,000 for each body — for violating California health and safety codes.
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