Calls grow for morgue in Livingston

LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - Elected officials in Livingston Parish are calling for the parish to establish a morgue after a fetus important to a criminal case was cremated before an autopsy could be performed.

In the meantime, Coroner Dr. Ron Coe tells The Advocate he has arranged to use Tangipahoa Parish's morgue, rather than placing bodies with a private funeral home.

Coe said he has been trying for years to get a morgue for Livingston.

District Attorney Scott Perrilloux said he, too, thinks the parish needs a morgue in which to store bodies in criminal cases until autopsies can be conducted.

Accidental cremation of a fetus that was cut from the womb of its mother last week voids the possibility of prosecuting the suspect in the case on a murder count, Perrilloux said.

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