Two funeral home workers charged with desecration of remains woman’s remains left to rot in a mortuary for 3 years

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By ASSOCIATED PRESS | Source: The DailyMail

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.

Lawrence Robert Meadows is seen in an undated photo provided by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division. A grand jury on Friday, Aug. 24, 2018 indicted Lawrence Robert Meadows and Roderick Mitchell Cummings, who have been charged with desecration of human remains after authorities say they left a body to rot in an unrefrigerated room for nearly three years. (South Carolina Law Enforcement Division via AP)   Roderick Mitchell Cummings is seen in an undated photo provided by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division. A grand jury on Friday, Aug. 24, 2018 indicted Cummings and Lawrence Robert Meadows, who have been charged with desecration of human remains after authorities say they left a body to rot in an unrefrigerated room for nearly three years. (South Carolina Law Enforcement Division via AP)

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.

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