County To Pay $68K For Wrongful Cremation

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COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 10 (UPI) — Franklin County, Ohio, will pay $68,500 to two families whose deceased children’s bodies were mixed up, resulting in one being mistakenly cremated.

Commissioners Tuesday approved a settlement of $50,000 to the family of Jaylen Talley after the body of the 14-month-old was mistakenly cremated last year, WBNS-TV, Columbus, reported.

An employee at the Franklin County Coroner’s office did not follow procedure and wrongfully released the child’s remains to a funeral home to be cremated.

The employee has since been fired and the funeral home’s license was suspended for six months.

The family of 22-month-old Chase Fine, whose family wished to have his remains cremated, was approved to receive $18,500 from the county.

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