State board to decide on Gary funeral home worker’s license

Funeral home spokesman Sean Howard makes a statement and takes questions from reporters at a press conference held at the Smith, Bizzell, Warner and Sons Funeral Home.-
Funeral home spokesman Sean Howard makes a statement and takes questions from reporters at a press conference at the Smith, Bizzell, Warner and Sons Funeral Home, Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Gary, Ind. Howard said the remains of two mummified or skeletonized babies found inside small boxes above ceiling tiles at the funeral home in northwestern Indiana were placed there by an employee last fall and taken down the same day by the manager of the facility. (AP Photo/The Times, John J. Watkins) MANDATORY CREDIT; CHICAGO LOCALS OUT; GARY OUT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Board of Funeral and Cemetery Service is to decide on the status of the license of a Gary funeral home worker accused of hiding the bodies of two babies.

The state board’s meeting is in Indianapolis on Thursday.

That’s when board members will decide if they will suspend Benjamin L. Rawls’ license for three months while investigations continue into Smith, Bizzell and Warner and Son Funeral Home.

The Indiana attorney general filed a petition to the board accusing the Dolton, Illinois man of hiding the babies’ remains from state inspectors in the business’ ceiling.

The attorney general asked for the 90-day license suspension.

The Lake County Coroner’s Office retrieved the remains from the funeral home in early March.

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