Michigan man arrested in OH on corpse abuse charge - WNEM TV 5

Michigan man arrested in OH on corpse abuse charge

Photo/Toledo Blade: Lawrence Clement Photo/Toledo Blade: Lawrence Clement

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Police have arrested a southeastern Michigan man on a charge of abusing a corpse at a Toledo funeral home where two relatives of the deceased said they were offered a free funeral and casket in exchange for not going to authorities.

Sgt. Joe Heffernan says 57-year-old Lawrence Clement surrendered Thursday afternoon. Clement is from Temperance, about seven miles north of Toledo.

The Blade reports that the children of the 51-year-old woman who died Sunday were told by the H.H. Birkenkamp Funeral Home that their mother's body was mistreated. A spokeswoman for the Houston-based company that owns the funeral home says the worker was fired. She denies that a deal was offered.

Police say they currently are only investigating the abuse allegation.

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