LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles funeral dwelling proprietor illegally left the stays of 11 folks, together with infants, in levels of decay and mummification and faces greater than a decade in jail, prosecutors stated Friday.

Metropolis Lawyer Mike Feuer, whose workplace can solely file misdemeanor offenses, introduced the costs Friday, calling it an “extremely unhappy and surprising state of affairs” and stated that officers may odor the odor from outdoors the San Fernando Valley facility.

“Eleven folks died, together with very younger kids, and the funeral director employed to compassionately put together the our bodies for burial allegedly simply allow them to rot, with neither the decency nor the dignity that every one our family members deserve,” Feuer stated in an announcement. “Their deaths are one tragedy, and this alleged monstrous mistreatment is a second tragedy.”

Funeral houses that mistreat human stays have made headlines for years. Funeral dwelling rules differ throughout the U.S., with some states requiring annual inspections and a number of other requiring no inspections in any respect.

In one of the excessive instances, more than 330 decaying corpses had been present in 2002 within the Tri-State Crematory close to the tiny neighborhood of Noble, about 100 miles (161 kilometers) northwest of Atlanta. The previous operator pleaded responsible to almost 800 felony costs associated to fraud and corpse abuse after the our bodies had been discovered.

In Los Angeles, authorities opened an investigation into the Mark B. Allen Mortuary and Cremations Companies Inc., after receiving complaints from households. The mortuary, owned by Mark B. Allen, is now closed and cellphone numbers listed for the enterprise had been disconnected.

It was not instantly clear whether or not Allen has an lawyer who can communicate on his behalf. He faces 22 misdemeanor costs — two for every individual — from the state’s Well being and Security Code, the place one statute makes it unlawful for anybody to get rid of human stays anyplace that’s not a cemetery. The second statute that Allen faces is disposing of stays illegally by way of his position as a funeral director. The utmost penalty is $110,000 and 11 years in jail.