Children say wrong body was buried, sue New York funeral home for $88M

An Amityville, New York, funeral house and its director accused of burying the fallacious physique regardless of the household elevating issues are being sued by the ladies’s youngsters for $88 million.

The 11 youngsters of Sadie Williams stated of their swimsuit that the Joseph A. Slinger-Hasgill Funeral Dwelling triggered them “extreme psychological, psychological, traumatic accidents” after mixing up their mom’s physique with another person’s.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday in New York State Supreme Courtroom in Queens.

An individual who answered the telephone on the funeral house Friday stated they may not touch upon pending litigation and didn’t need to converse in regards to the incident.

Williams died Aug. 17, based on the lawsuit. Earlier than her dying, her youngsters retained Joseph A. Slinger-Hasgill Funeral Dwelling to carry a service in accordance with Muslim custom, the swimsuit states. In keeping with NBC New York, a conventional Islamic burial means the household has three days to bury their liked one after a dying.

A day earlier than Williams’ funeral was scheduled, daughter Salimah Lee considered the physique and informed director Joseph Slinger that it was not her mom.

Slinger insisted it was, the lawsuit says.

The kids held a funeral and burial Aug. 20. In keeping with the lawsuit, Slinger once more informed the kids that it was the right physique being buried.

However Williams’ physique had been left “deserted” within the funeral house’s morgue, based on the household’s swimsuit.

Slinger contacted them the day after the burial and knowledgeable them in regards to the mixup, the swimsuit states. The funeral director allegedly informed the household that the wrong physique can be exhumed so Williams might be buried.

On Sept. 8, the household held one other funeral to bury Williams. The kids and different out-of-state family members needed to journey again to New York for the second service.

The swimsuit says that the funeral house performed one other service and burial, however “didn’t present full funeral providers for this second service.”

“This could not even have occurred to her,” Lee informed NBC New York.

Lee’s brother broke down in tears as he talked about how the household trusted the funeral house to “do the proper factor.”

“Even now, it is like, each day I’ve that reminiscence in my head seeing my mom nonetheless above the bottom,” he stated.

When Lee raised issues in regards to the physique not being her mom’s, she stated Slinger informed her that the embalming fluid made Williams look totally different.

The household’s lawyer, Philip Rizzuto, informed the information station that Slinger ought to have checked as quickly as issues have been raised.