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Ex-funeral director faces corpse abuse charges

October 20, 2005

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— A former funeral director is facing charges of abusing the corpses of 19 babies whose remains were found in the garage of his old home.

Robert B. Winston Jr., 61, won't face charges for the scores of dead fetuses, from stillbirths, miscarriages and abortions, authorities also found in the garage. Deputy Dist. Atty. Mark Tranquilli said the criminal charges involved babies that were born alive, but lived only briefly.

Winston, of McKeesport, had a contract with Magee-Womens Hospital to dispose of the fetuses and babies by having them cremated. Police say Winston accepted the hospital's payments but didn't turn over the remains for cremation because he was having financial trouble.

Authorities said more than 300 fetuses were found. The remains came from women treated at Magee-Womens from late 2000 through May 2002.

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