Funeral Home Worker explains what happened when he arrived to pick up deceased infant’s body
Tonight, there are still more questions than answers about how one family’s recently deceased infant was handed over to the wrong funeral home and cremated. Yesterday, 21-year-old Nahomy Guerrero and Aaron Allen received heart-wrenching news when they learned their baby boy’s body was no longer at the morgue. Guerrero says last Wednesday she visited the KHMH and learned that she had to undergo a C-section. Guerrero gave birth on Friday and her son, Aaron, was placed in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, but died on Saturday. His body was at the KHMHs morgue awaiting burial but there was a mix-up involving another baby named Aaron that resulted in the infant being mistakenly cremated. The KHMH has since launched an investigation into the matter and has not provided an official explanation of the incident. We understand that the family had hired Jenkin’s Funeral Home, and they were the ones that made the discovery. Today, we spoke to Shaquille Sutherland, an employee, who explained what happened when he went to pick up the baby’s body.
Shaquille Sutherland, Employee, Jenkins Funeral Home: “Yesterday I went to the morgue at about 12 o’clock in the afternoon to place the box for the baby. Yesterday when I went there, we went there and said they said they cannot find the baby. The baby was taken from a next funeral home. So automatically I called my boss. So we are loyal to our customers so the first thing he did was call the father of the deceased. After that he told them and said they have an incident at the hospital so maybe you can go and see what transpired.”
Reporter: What was your experience like in terms of trying to get an explanation to how that happened and, you know, how such an egregious error could have occurred like that?
Shaquille Sutherland, Employee, Jenkins Funeral Home: “Well, from my point of view this was the first time that ever happened. Like, from me working at a funeral home doing that like five years first time that ever occurred to me. So I was puzzled. But I just want to say our sincere condolences goes out to the family and from behalf of our side we want to say we’re very sorry for what transpired.”
Reporter: You gave the woman the death certificate and how long after that did it take for maybe her to come back and explain to you or tell you, look, this is what happened?
Shaquille Sutherland, Employee, Jenkins Funeral Home: “About approximately five minutes. I gave her the death certificate, they went to the back because we was gonna dress the baby. When they went to the back they said the baby was out from yesterday. I don’t know how that happened because maybe they say the baby had the same name but I don’t know. I don’t really know what happened.”
Our newsroom reached out to Coye’s Funeral Home for comment who promised a comment before news time, but that is yet to come. Meanwhile, the KHMH has issued a brief statement, saying that they continue to prioritize this matter and is working with all relevant parties to take the necessary remedial actions.