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Ex-New Jersey funeral worker charged in sidewalk casket case

PHILADELPHIA - A former New Jersey funeral home worker has been charged with abuse of a corpse for allegedly leaving on a sidewalk in Philadelphia a casket that contained the embalmed organs of an infant.

Jeremy Brooks, 24, of Philadelphia, and his attorney haven't commented on the charge for which he faces a preliminary hearing on September 21.

Brooks worked for Stanley's Memorial Chapel in Camden when the casket became damaged during a June 29 funeral in Philadelphia. The baby's body was transferred to a new casket but the bagged organs were mistakenly left behind in the old one.

When Brooks realized the damaged casket in his work vehicle still contained the organs several days later, he tried to store them at his north Philadelphia home, but his sister refused. Brooks then acknowledged dumping the casket on a secluded street.

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