An unnamed family in New Mexico has filed a lawsuit after a horrific discovery among the bag of personal belongings returned to them by the DeVargas Funeral Home and Crematory in Espanola Valley: the brains of their deceased grandmother.
The family noticed an odor coming from a bag helpfully marked “Brain.” It turns out that it had just been thrown into the truck, according to the lawsuit.
Four family members filed in a District Court in Albuquerque.
but funeral home owner Johnny DeVargas insisted it was due to a mistake by a Utah company. The grandmother died in Utah in a car accident.
Mishandling of corpses is one of the oldest torts and often raises the prospect of punitive damages on top of those for negligent infliction of emotional distress.
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