• Newsletters
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
Thursday, September 21, 2017
View complete forecast
News-Sentinel.com Your Town. Your Voice.

Muncie man alleges detective threw mom's ashes in trash

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.The Associated Press
Thursday, October 31, 2013 12:01 am
MUNCIE — A central Indiana man has filed a lawsuit against two law enforcement agencies, saying a detective dumped his dead mother's ashes in the trash during a search of his home.In his lawsuit filed this month in Indianapolis federal court, Joshua Baker, of Muncie, contends that Muncie police detectives searched his home in October 2011 while he was at police headquarters being questioned by a Randolph County sheriff's detective about a robbery, The Star Press reported.

Baker says a Muncie detective found a velvet bag, which he opened, and a chrome vial filled with a gray powder, and discarded the urn and ashes in a water-filled outdoor trash can without asking anyone about the powder.

Because of the detective's actions in “negligently discarding the remains of a human in a garbage can along with the urn, Mr. Baker no longer has the ashes of his deceased mother,” says the lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages.

Muncie Police Chief Steve Stewart declined to comment about the lawsuit.

Randolph County Sheriff Ken Hendrickson said he believed his department's detective acted properly.

“We stand behind our officer because he had nothing to do with what was being claimed in the suit as the ashes of his mother,” Hendrickson said.

Baker was not charged in the robbery, Hendrickson said.


News-Sentinel.com reserves the right to remove any content appearing on its website. Our policy will be to remove postings that constitute profanity, obscenity, libel, spam, invasion of privacy, impersonation of another, or attacks on racial, ethnic or other groups. For more information, see our user rules page.
comments powered by Disqus