Sheriff calls for mass graves probe

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An investigation into mass burials at Homewood Memorial Gardens has been ordered

A police chief has called for an investigation after a video showed dozens of stillborn babies buried in one wooden box and bodies of adults stacked in mass graves at a cemetery that inters the poor and unknown from a Chicago county.

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said he was calling for a review of Homewood Memorial Gardens’ contract.

Sheriff’s department video of a February 1 burial of destitute adults shows workers unloading a rental truck packed with wood coffins.

Workers use a digger to stack the boxes into a single hole in the ground.

One box is labelled with 10 names. Sheriff Dart said they were infants.

Cemetery president Tom Flynn said Homewood followed protocol and did the best it could for the 239 dollars (£148) it received for each body.

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