Ex-Wisconsin medical examiner pleads guilty; took body parts to train dog

Fri Jan 17, 2014 7:10pm EST

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(Reuters) - 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.

The 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.

Investigators 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 by."

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.

(Editing by Gunna Dickson)

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Comments (7)
Mylena wrote:
Unfortunatelly she forgot the remains rights. it does not matter if were the victim or the death people or their relatives. We do not play around with people remians: this is USA lady!!!!!!

Jan 17, 2014 8:13pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Shuny wrote:
If you think this doesn’t happen in every jurisdiction, I have a bridge to sell you. When an autopsy is done many body parts are stolen and never returned to the body. Some small samples may be needed for lab work but whole organs are taken. I’m sure many of these are taken by personal. The remains have no rights. The body belongs to the next of kin. I’m sure most people wouldn’t be happy to know body parts are stolen. BTW- In many jurisdictions you can retrieve body parts taken out during surgery, let’s say, if you were gross enough to want your gall bladder.

Jan 17, 2014 10:11pm EST  --  Report as abuse
and the think, this isnt the worst we’ve heard about or will hear about in the future.

Jan 18, 2014 4:45am EST  --  Report as abuse
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