A Pennsylvania woman who discovered that her baby daughter’s cremains were actually a dog’s remains is speaking out against the mistake and considering legal action against the funeral home that gave her the wrong ashes.
Action News 4 reports that baby Jerrica Sky was born stillborn in 2015. Her mother, Jennifer Dailey, decided to have her newborn cremated, and for two years, she never opened the box and studied the remains. When she finally inspected her baby’s ashes, she discovered a metal plate that read, “Butler Pet Cremation.”
“I finally worked up the nerve to look into her urn and look at her ashes and there was a metal plate in there and I read it and it said Butler Pet Cremation and when I seen that I knew something was wrong,” Dailey said.
When she called the funeral home, they told her they made a mistake and gave her a dog’s ashes. The funeral director explained that they contract with another funeral home, the Thompson-Miller Funeral Home in Butler County, which handles both animal and human remains.
“The mistake is mine. Quite honestly I made a mistake. I had two identical containers. I just simply put the wrong label on the wrong container. The Bauers and the Bauer family and the Bauer funeral home are not at fault,” said Glenn Miller, of the Bauer Funeral Home in Kittanning, where the newborn was taken for cremation.
Thompson-Miller Funeral Home expressed their sympathy to Dailey, but stated that they simply arranged the cremation and didn’t have part in the mix-up. Jennifer Bauer Eroh, the spokesperson for Thompson-Miller, told Action News 4 that they keep records on all cremations and were able to track down the dog owner who had been given Jessica’s ashes.
Daily received what she was told were her daughter’s true ashes, but given what happened, she still had doubts.
“It’s humiliating. I’m horrified. As many times as I sat and cried and held that urn and cried myself to sleep, grieving for my daughter and it was somebody’s dog.”
As Dailey and her husband consider DNA testing on the remains, she said she can’t forgive the funeral home for the mistake.
“No. How can I? How do you make a mistake like that? How do you mistake a dog for a human? It’s like a nightmare I can’t wake up from.”
Although she’s considering it, Dailey hasn’t decided yet if she’ll pursue legal action against Thompson-Miller Funeral Home.
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