Fetus in criminal investigation mistakenly cremated
LIVINGSTON- A fetus was mistakenly cremated before an autopsy was performed and multiple agencies are investigating.
"Without our knowledge or authorization, a funeral home employee mistakenly removed and cremated the Reynolds fetus prior to autopsy," said Dr. Ronald Coe, the Livingston Parish Coroner.
The parish does not have its own morgue, and relies on a funeral home for morgue services.
Deputies, State Police, and the Coroner's Office are investigating what went wrong.
The fetus was cut from its mother earlier this week. Jeffrey Reynolds faces charges for that, and also for slitting his wife's throat in the attack.
Deputies said he also cut her stomach to remove the baby.
The mom, Paula Reynolds, is in critical condition at an area hospital.
Jeffrey Reynolds is charged with feticide and attempted murder.
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