Ashes Got Mixed Up, Grieving Parents Claim
SANTA ANA, Calif. (CN) - A couple whose baby died shortly after birth got the wrong ashes, they claim in Orange County Superior Court.
David Sanchez and Bertha A. Sanchez sued Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, Kaiser Permanente and Eternity Cremation and Burial Services for negligent handling of cremains and general negligence.
According to the Sanchez’s lawsuit, their baby, Josiah T. Sanchez, died shortly after being born at Kaiser’s Anaheim facility on Sept. 20, 2013.
Four months later, on Jan. 22, 2014, the Sanchezes learned the cremated remains they had been given were not Josiah, but instead were “specimen remains of other persons,” according to the complaint.
“These actions represent negligent handling of human remains and thereby caused injury to plaintiffs,” the complaint states.
David and Bertha Sanchez seek general and compensatory damages for wage loss, hospital and medical expenses, loss of earning capacity, interest and a jury trial. They are represented by Michael A. Penn of Aitken Aitken Cohn in Santa Ana.