Mother discovers baby’s ashes were actually dog remains

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PENNSYLVANIA — Last week, a mom discovered the box she believed held her daughter’s cremated remains actually contained the cremains of a dog.

Jennifer Dailey gave birth to a stillborn baby girl, Jerrica Sky, who was cremated in April 2015 at the Bauer Funeral Home in Kittanning. The funeral home gave Dailey a white box with a bag that was supposed to contain the girl’s ashes.

The grieving mother said she held on to the cremains for two years, not once looking inside the box until recently, when her husband suggested they spread the ashes somewhere special.

When Dailey finally worked up the nerve to look inside the urn, she found a metal plate in it that read: Butler Pet Cremation.  She said she instantly knew that something was wrong.

The funeral home immediately apologized to Dailey and said the mix-up happened when Thompson-Miller Funeral Home, with whom it works, had accidentally swapped the ashes.

Dailey said the funeral home told her it made a mistake and gave her the ashes of somebody’s pet and that someone else was given her daughter’s.

“It turned the worst thing that could possibly happen to me in my life into a thousand times worse,” Dailey said.

The two funeral homes were able to find the correct cremains and return them to the Daileys. However, the couple is still mortified by the incident and may conduct a DNA test or pursue legal action against the funeral home.

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