In one of 2014's most chilling local stories, a homeless man scavenging for food in the dumpster outside of a U-Gas station in North Miami found a box with the remains of a deceased newborn inside a dumpster.
Now the child's family has filed a lawsuit against a mortuary that may explain how the incident happened.
Raul Adrian Castro Manzano, the child's father and plaintiff in the suit, claims that his son was born at Mount Sinai Hospital in Miami Beach, but the child did not survive long past birth.
The mourning father contacted Carey Royal Ramn Mortuary to take possession of the body and later to cremate the remains. Jarren Hoob, the son of the mortuary's owner, did take possession of the body, but it never got back to the facilities.
The suit claims that Hoob "willfully and wantonly disposed of the infant's remains in or near a dumpster."
Hoob later saw the news on TV and told police that his van had been burglarized, but North Miami Police were never able to confirm that. Instead Hoob was arrested the night after the body was discovered. However, he was only charged with resisting an officer without violence. That charge was never prosecuted, and, so far, no more charges have been filed against the 31-year-old who had previously been arrested for cocaine and firearm possession, according to county records.
The family of the infant now seeks compensatory damages for intentional infliction of emotional distress, breach of contract ,and tortious interference with the child's remains from the mortuary.
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