A distraught household is suing a Brooklyn funeral residence for allegedly mishandling a lady’s physique and displaying her “mud monster” corpse on the wake.
On Friday, the mom and ex-boyfriend of Regina Christophe filed a lawsuit in Brooklyn Supreme Courtroom towards John J. McManus and Sons Funeral Residence over claims the physique was left unrecognizable throughout a July 9 memorial, NY Publish reviews.
Christophe, 37, handed away peacefully in her sleep on June 24. Her mom, Chantal Jean, says her remaining picture of her late daughter has turn out to be a nightmare after seeing what she referred to as a “mud monster” mendacity within the casket.
“Her face seemed prefer it was caved in,” Jean informed ABC 7 NY. “Really, seems to be prefer it was burned as pretend pores and skin was like melting off her face, one eye maggot got here out of her eye.”
“The final picture I noticed was a monster within the casket,” Jean stated.
Jean’s legal professional Kurt Robertson described what Jean noticed throughout her daughter’s wake, together with “maggots crawling” from her eyes and a part of her physique wrapped in rubbish luggage.
“The proof strongly suggests she had not been embalmed, that she had been decomposing over the 2 weeks she had been on the funeral residence,” Robertson stated. “Other than all it was simply the unbelievable stench of the decomposing physique that permeated the funeral residence.”
“It doesn’t appear to be an individual in any respect, It seems to be like a mud monster,” he added.
Robertson says Jean stopped Christophe’s two kids from seeing their mom for the final time as a result of she didn’t need that to be “the final picture they see.”
Jean says she was prevented from seeing her daughter for the 2 weeks the funeral residence had the physique after receiving Christophe’s corpse from the health worker.
“The household took images of Regina instantly as she handed when the examiner took her,” Robertson stated. “The health worker solely had her for 2 days; when the household spoke with the funeral residence after the actual fact, there was no point out of any state of decomposition or something like that.”
The funeral director blamed a number of elements for Christophe’s decayed corpse, together with the times the physique was within the warmth earlier than it was dropped at the health worker and the 4 days it was with the examiner.
The funeral residence launched an announcement.
“We really feel honest sympathy for the household and perceive their grief. The household contacted us 4 days after her passing, and at their request, providers had been scheduled one other 11 days later,” the assertion learn. “This was an especially troublesome case, and we used our greatest efforts to organize her for the time requested by the household, and suggested them of her situation previous to the day of providers.”
Christophe’s household is searching for unspecified damages.