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Corpses being mishandled?

first_imgThe Board of Supervisors has allocated $10 million to the coroner’s office to commission a feasibility study for a new building or annex that would cost $30 million to $60 million. [email protected] (213) 974-8985160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Los Angeles County officials said Thursday they are investigating a television report that more than 40 percent of the bodies at the coroner’s office have maggots and that corpses were improperly handled. “Our office is reviewing the reports, speaking with the coroner’s staff, and the supervisor will act accordingly,” said Tony Bell, spokesman for Supervisor Michael Antonovich. The reports surfaced Wednesday night on KMEX-TV “Noticias Univision 34” and come about four years after an investigation found rats had invaded the coroner’s complex and were found feeding on bodies. In a prepared statement, KMEX-TV said a reporter obtained confidential documents, video and an interview with an unidentified coroner’s employee who alleged the coroner’s office was negligent in how it handled corpses, including improper refrigeration. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsCraig Harvey, the coroner’s chief of operations, defended the office, saying that some bodies do come into the facility with maggots but that the bodies are stored at temperatures that kills or renders them dormant. “Maggots are a cost of doing business,” Harvey said. “It’s what we deal with on a daily basis. Maggots can sometimes give us clues as to the time of death. “A small percentage of bodies that come into our facility have maggot activity on them when they arrive. I don’t believe it’s as high as 40 percent.” Referring to KMEX-TV video showing bodies being transported without being on gurneys or properly strapped down, Harvey said officials are investigating and trying to determine whether discipline is warranted. On any given day this year, the coroner’s office has about 400 bodies in its facilities, about 50 to 80 more than it’s designed to hold. Last Sunday, the office had 415 bodies. last_img read more