Two South Carolina funeral home workers have been charged with desecration of human remains after they left a body to rot in an unrefrigerated room for nearly three years because the woman’s family owed them money, authorities said.
A grand jury indicted Lawrence Robert Meadows and Roderick Mitchell Cummings. They were supposed to cremate 63-year-old Mary Alice Pitts Moore after her funeral, in March 2015, but instead left her remains in a locked room under blankets, surrounded by air fresheners.
The coroner says Moore’s body was so badly decomposed when found in February at First Family Funeral Home, in Spartanburg, it took two weeks to identify. State records show neither had a current funeral director license.
The men face a maximum penalty of 10 years and a maximum fine of $5,000, if convicted.