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Family Says Hospital|Worker Defiled Corpse

HACKENSACK, N.J. (CN) - A Holy Name Hospital employee defiled a woman's corpse by "engaging in sexual intercourse" with her after she died of a staph infection, the late woman's family says.

The family claims that Anthony Merino "did defile the corpse" of Gladys Smith, who died at the hospital from an Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus.

The family says her corpse was in the hospital morgue, which was supposed to be locked and inaccessible to hospital employees. That is where Merino "outrageously and iniquitously violated, desecrated and defiled" her corpse, according to the complaint.

The family seeks damages for emotional distress and medical malpractice. They are represented in Bergen County Court Marc Saperstein of Davis, Saperstein & Salomon of Teaneck.

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