MUNCIE — A central Indiana man is suing two police agencies in federal court, claiming that a detective threw away his mother's ashes during a search of his home.
The lawsuit filed by 26-year-old Joshua Baker of Muncie says detectives from the Muncie Police Department searched his home in October 2011 while he was being questioned elsewhere by a Randolph County sheriff's detective.
The lawsuit claims a detective opened a chrome vial filled with a gray powder and discarded what was his deceased mother's ashes in a water-filled outdoor trash can.
The Star Press reports the Muncie police chief declined to comment. Randolph County Sheriff Ken Hendrickson says his detective did nothing wrong and that Baker was never charged in the robbery for which he was questioned.