Los Angeles funeral home mortician Mark Allen accused of letting 11 bodies rot

Los Angeles funeral home mortician Mark Allen accused of letting 11 bodies rot

A Los Angeles mortician allowed 11 deceased our bodies to rot at his funeral house — together with the our bodies of infants, officers stated.

Mark Allen, the previous proprietor of a funeral house bearing his identify in Solar Valley, faces 22 felony prices for failing to correctly preserve and bury non-cremated human stays, the LA Metropolis Lawyer’s Workplace stated in an announcement final week.

The stays had been discovered “in varied phases of decay and mummification” on two separate events over the previous 12 months, officers stated.

The putrefied our bodies had been found by authorities after they obtained a number of complaints from relations of the deceased.

The Mark B. Allen Mortuary and Cremations Companies has since shut down.

In response to a petition to close down the funeral house filed by the state Cemetery and Funeral Bureau, the our bodies had been discovered April 2021 in a storage unit that had a temperature of roughly 60 levels when an company employee beforehand visited the mortuary. 

Officers noticed a “swarm of flies buzzing round” the unit’s exhaust vent, and famous a “foul and overwhelmingly robust” scent of decay, the petition stated.

“We’re combating to get justice for these households on this extremely unhappy and stunning state of affairs,” Metropolis Lawyer Mike Feuer stated in an announcement. 

Los Angeles Metropolis Lawyer Mike Feuer known as the funeral house incident a “monstrous mistreatment,” of households.EPA/Ringo Chiu/POOL

“Eleven individuals died, together with very younger youngsters, and the funeral director employed to compassionately put together the our bodies for burial allegedly simply allow them to rot, with neither the decency nor the dignity that each one our family members deserve,” he added. “Their deaths are one tragedy, and this alleged monstrous mistreatment is a second tragedy.”

Allen faces up a most sentence of 11 years in jail and $110,000 in fines — $10,000 for every physique — for violating California Well being and Security Codes.

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