There is a truly bizarre case out of Tulsa where Shaynna Smith (also known as Shaynna Sim), 27, is accused of going to her “frenemy’s” funeral and smudging her makeup and messing with hair. She is also accused of cutting the face of the deceased. However, the charge may surprise you.
The family said that Smith was jealous of the deceased for dating her ex-boyfriend and they watched her reach into the casket. When they approached her, they found hair pulled off the corpse and the smearing of makeup and as well as a long gash cut along the hairline.
If true, this could be a case of mental illness. However, pending such a finding, it was surprising to see that Smith was only charged with misdemeanor illegal dissection. A misdemeanor seems incredibly light for attacking a corpse and carving it up in front of grieving relatives.
It seems bizarre that you can get years in prison for stealing a car or having a tryst on a beach but only register a misdemeanor for assaulting and desecrating a corpse.
In torts, there is a long line of mishandling or abuse of corpses cases. The family could certainly sue though it is not clear what assets Smith has to satisfy any judgment.