Owner of shuttered California funeral home accused of letting 11 bodies rot

A California mortician allegedly let the bodies of 11 folks, together with infants, rot at a now-shuttered funeral home, officers in Los Angeles mentioned Friday.

Mark Allen, proprietor of a funeral home in San Fernando Valley, was charged with 22 misdemeanor counts of failing to correctly bury human stays, the Los Angeles City Attorney’s workplace mentioned in a press release.

According to the assertion, un-buried, non-cremated stays “had been present in numerous phases of decay and mummification” twice over the past yr.

Investigators with state and native companies discovered the stays at Mark B. Allen Mortuary and Cremations Services, Inc. after family complained, a metropolis legal professional spokesman mentioned.

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The closed Mark B. Allen Mortuary and Cremations Services business in Sun Valley, Calif., accused of leaving 11 decomposing bodies inside.
The closed Mark B. Allen Mortuary and Cremations Services enterprise in Sun Valley, Calif., accused of leaving 11 decomposing bodies inside.Google Maps

According to a petition filed by the state Cemetery and Funeral Bureau that sought to droop Allen’s license, the bodies had been discovered final April in a non-permitted chilly storage unit that an company employee had discovered to be roughly 60 levels throughout a pervious go to.

Outside the funeral home, flies had been seen buzzing round an exhaust vent for the storage unit and officers noticed the “foul and overwhelmingly sturdy” scent “of decomposition,” the petition says.

Allen’s license was revoked on Sept. 28, 2021, in line with the company.

“Eleven folks died, together with very younger youngsters, and the funeral director employed to compassionately put together the bodies for burial allegedly simply allow them to rot, with neither the decency nor the dignity that every one our family members deserve,” Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer mentioned in a press release.

“Their deaths are one tragedy, and this alleged monstrous mistreatment is a second tragedy,” he mentioned.

Allen didn’t instantly reply to a message searching for remark. It wasn’t instantly clear if he has a lawyer to talk on his behalf.

He faces as much as 11 years in jail and a most penalty of $110,000.

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