Kendrick Johnson's parents to file a lawsuit against funeral home that handled his remains

By Alicia Mayle,

After the death of Georgia native, 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson, in 2012, his parents are now filing a lawsuit against the funeral home that handled Kendrick’s remains.

In the lawsuit filed in Lowndes County, Johnson’s parents accused the owner of Harrington Funeral Home, Antonio Harrington, of “intentionally, willfully and secretly desecrated” the remains of Johnson with the goal of obscuring the “true cause and manner of death,” reported CBS News.

After a judge ordered Johnson’s body to be exhumed for a second autopsy, a private pathologist concluded the teen had died from a blunt force object rather than "positional asphyxia," which was what the state medical examiner concluded, according to the Associated Press. The private pathologist also discovered that all of Johnson’s organs had been replaced with wads of newspaper.

What become of the organs after originally being removed during the autopsy is being questioned since the medical examiner claims they were returned to the body after the autopsy.

Johnson was found in a rolled up high school gym mat on Jan. 11, 2013. Authorities officially ruled it as a freak accident and the case was closed.

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