Two South Carolina funeral home workers have been charged with desecration of human remains after authorities say they left a woman’s body to rot in an unrefrigerated room for nearly three years.
Lawrence Robert Meadows and Roderick Mitchell Cummings, both 40, were indicted on Friday by a state grand jury. The charge carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
Meadows and Cummings were supposed to cremate 63-year-old Mary Alice Pitts Moore after her funeral in Greenwood in March 2015, but instead left her body in a locked room under blankets and surrounded by air fresheners, and even moved her body from one funeral home to another 65 miles away, according to a lawsuit filed by Moore’s family.
Moore’s remains were in such an advanced state of decomposition when found in February at First Family Funeral Home in Spartanburg it took two weeks of reviewing medical records to confirm her identity, Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger said.