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Georgia funeral home cleared of wrongdoing for stuffing teen’s body with newspaper

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The south Georgia funeral home, Harrington Funeral Home, that stuffed 17 year old Kendrick Johnson’s body with newspaper has been cleared of wrongdoing and didn’t break any laws. Johnson’s family filed a complaint with the Georgia Board of Funeral Service when during the second autopsy medical professionals discovered newspaper was used to replace his missing organs.

The star athlete’s body was found rolled up in a gym mat by students at Lowndes High School located in Valdosta, Ga. on January 11, 2013. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation reported he died from positional asphyxia.

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  1. Amber Ζφβ Bradford on January 20, 2014 at 6:10 am

    How were they cleared from wrongdoing? Apparently somebody stole this kids organs and sold them for personal gain without the permission of his family!! Either it’s the hospital or the funeral home but someone needs to be held accountable.

    • mzj on January 23, 2014 at 12:02 am

      I agree, it awful, someone knows answers. His parents ,I can only imagine the pain they are suffering. So why the funeral home didn’t alert the family that his organs were missing, if they didn’t take them?

  2. rickromain on March 22, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    If there was an autopsy then the medical examiner would have removed the organs. They are usually placed in a plastic bag and put back into the body by the funeral home. Sometimes they are kept for further examination or they were destroyed so badly during the autopsy that they are disposed of. In order to embalm the body must be completely closed up so using newspaper to stuff the body is not all that unusual. It fills the empty space in the body before it is sutured closed. Embalming powder is used in that area to preserve the inside skin. Then embalming fluid is used to remove all blood and replace it with embalming fluid. This is normal. The purpose is to make the deceased look presentable.