New York: Mistaken Identity

Mistaken Identity

When the charred remains of two bodies were brought to the Newark-Wayne Community Hospital morgue in upstate New York last February, coroner C. Dupha Reeves identified them as those of a year-old baby and his mother Vickie Lee Evans, 18. Reeves had been told that the two corpses had been recovered from a fire in a trailer home. Without performing autopsies, he issued death certificates. He was wrong. The smaller body was that of a pet rabbit. The mistake was discovered a few weeks ago, when Gary Rotondo, Evans' live-in companion, returned to the burned-out trailer and found the remains of...

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