DENVER (CN) – A family claims in court that a mortuary “outraged and horrified” them by presenting their teen-age grandson’s body with “maggots coming out of his nose and from under his clothes,” at his funeral.
“Outraged and horrified” relatives of the late Manuel Edwards Jr. say they had “to frantically clear the maggots off of him” before the funeral started, “picking the maggots off with their own hands and wiping them away from Manuel.”
They sued Keystone America dba Trevino Mortuary, in Denver County Court.
The family claims the defendants had the 18-year-old man’s body from June 9 to 14, 2011, but never embalmed him.
The family claims they had been “insistent” about the need for embalming, but Manuel’s body it “seemed not to have been embalmed” and “had started to decompose.”
“Manuel’s face was a very dark color and there were maggots coming out of his nose and from under his clothes,” the complaint states. But, the family adds: “Not one employee from Trevino Mortuary offered an apology, explanation or condolence to anyone of the family members for what they had just witnessed on that day.”
The family claims it took four months until the funeral home “offered an apology, explanation or condolence to anyone.”
The family seeks damages for outrage, intentional infliction of emotional distress and breach of contract. It is represented by David Japha.