- A former Wisconsin medical examiner who took a piece of spinal column
that had been removed from a corpse to train her cadaver dog, pleaded
guilty to felony charges on Friday, according to court documents.
"Traci England, 46, will be
sentenced February 10 on two felony counts of misconduct in public
office. Theft and obstruction charges against England were dismissed as
part of a plea bargain, the Forest County Circuit Court records showed.
criminal complaint said England took a piece of bone from a corpse's
spinal column after another medical examiner removed it during an
autopsy on September 5, 2011.
"She told fellow employees she planned to use the bone to train her cadaver dog, the complaint said.
wrote in the complaint that England 'made a comment on how lucky she
was to have gotten this section of the spine because it was hard to come
"During a search of her Town
of Newbold home on January 4, 2012, investigators found what appeared to
be brain and liver tissue along with a piece of bone in bags on a shelf
in her garage, the complaint said."
Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/18/us-usa-bodyparts-wisconsin-idUSBREA0G1QG20140118
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