A Detroit funeral home was shut down Friday after state inspectors said they found the unrefrigerated remains of dozens of deceased infants and fetuses, the second such discovery in the city in recent weeks.
More than 60 human foetuses have been found stashed in cardboard boxes and freezers at funeral home in MI.
Speaking to reporters on the night of that discovery, a police sergeant attributed to bodies' condition to "just the callousness of the owner, the operators, the employees of the funeral home".
"We have tremendous work today", the police chief said. Those remains were found after state regulators in Lansing received an anonymous letter.
The license for the funeral home and the license of its director Gary Deak have since been suspended.
Investigators removed 63 foetuses from Perry Funeral Home, with 36 found in boxes and 27 more in deep freezers.
LARA now has an open investigation into Perry Funeral Home and has notified the Michigan Attorney General's office and the Detroit Police Department of its findings and regulatory actions.
Police Chief James Craig says law enforcement agencies are considering forming a task force to investigate the issue, specifically targeting improper storage of remains and fraud.
An official with Perry Funeral Home, which offers burial and cremation services, declined to comment on the incident.
"Detroit Police Department has opened a criminal investigation on allegations of a felony", Craig said a press conference Monday.
"A parent saw the story" about Cantrell in the news, Craig told reporters.
Craig said he had "never seen anything" like what was discovered at the two funeral homes.
Earlier this month, the decomposing bodies of 10 fetuses and a baby were found above a ceiling of Cantrell Funeral Home. In some cases, the home embalmed remains without the knowledge or consent of the families, the department said.