The grieving parents of a stillborn baby were shocked to discover they had buried the wrong infant after a body mix-up at a funeral home. Mercedez Uscanga and her boyfriend Robert Mares said an emotional goodbye to their first son, Armani Angel Mares, at a funeral service last week in Houston. But after the service at Brookside funeral home they received a phone call from the firm’s directors. They called and told us that my baby is still at the funeral home,’ Miss Mercedez told ABC13. The couple said they were told that the baby which had been buried belonged was not their son and that their own child was still in the morgue. ‘We were crying for our baby. And we didn’t even know. We thought that our baby was the baby that was supposed to be in the casket,’ said Uscanga. The distraught couple made arrangements for another funeral home to pick up their baby yesterday afternoon. Grandfather George Uscanga saidL
I’m speechless. I’m speechless.’ They are now planning to ask for an investigation into the distressing mix-up and are in contact with an attorney. Brookside Memorial Park told ABC13, they were working closely with the families to resolve the situation. Out of respect for the privacy of the families, it would be inappropriate to release any details. The company added: ‘We have policies and procedures in place, however occasionally mistakes happen. In those instances, we maintain full disclosure with the families.