New York funeral home accused of letting body rot before waking: lawsuit

An outraged family has accused a Brooklyn funeral home of treating their loved one’s body so badly that she looked like a “mud monster” on the day of her wake, an attorney representing the family told The Post.

The mother and ex-boyfriend of Regina Christophe, who died in her sleep on June 24 at the age of 37, filed a lawsuit against the John J. McManus and Sons Funeral Home in Brooklyn Superior Court on Friday after her body died during A memorial for July 9 had been defaced, attorney Kurt Robertson said in an interview.

Robertson described a nightmarish scene on the day of the wake where “maggots” crawled out of Christophe’s eye and claimed her body was partially wrapped in garbage bags. The lawyer also claimed Christophe’s dress was stained.

“The evidence strongly suggests that she had not been embalmed, that she had decomposed in the two weeks she spent at the funeral home,” Robertson said.

“Apart from anything, it was just the incredible stench of the decomposing body that permeated the funeral home,” he added.

“It doesn’t look like a person at all,” Robertson said. “It looks like a mud monster.”

Christophe’s mother, Chantal Jean, kept her daughter’s two children, a 16-year-old and a 6-year-old, from seeing their late mother for the last time because she didn’t want this to be “the last picture taken.” they see,” Robertson said.

But Jean, who was directly involved in the ordeal, has continued to struggle since the incident, the attorney said.

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Regina Christophe’s family filed a lawsuit against John J. McManus and Sons Funeral Home for allegedly failing to embalm the body of the deceased.
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“She was depressed, she needed counseling, she had some pretty dark thoughts, to say the least,” Robertson said. “So she was in a very dark place.”

On the day of the service, Jean could not find anyone to talk to about the decomposing body, and the funeral home made no attempt to contact relatives before the lawsuit was filed, Robertson said.

Ultimately, the family couldn’t even have a closed coffin because of the foul smell, Robertson said. Only one photograph of her was hung during the service.

Jean told News 12 all she could remember was “a monster in that coffin — not my daughter.”

“Her skin was all off, it wasn’t even connected to her face anymore,” she told the TV network.

A representative from the John McManus and Sons Funeral Home could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.

But in an interview with News 12, the undertaker blamed several factors for the body’s condition, including how long the body was in heat before it was taken to the coroner’s office and the time it spent in the examiner’s office.

According to the report, the undertaker picked up the body from the coroner about four days after it was ready for pickup.

“I was devastated by this whole thing,” manager Anthony Tenga said. “By her looks. It was a real disappointment for me professionally and personally.”

He claims he informed the family of the condition of the body the day before the wake and on the day of the wake.

“I thought I gave them a fair warning,” Tenga told News 12.

The family is seeking unspecified damages.

https://nypost.com/2022/08/09/nyc-funeral-home-accused-of-letting-body-rot-before-wake-lawsuit/ New York funeral home accused of letting body rot before waking: lawsuit

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