Police trashed mother’s ashes, lawsuit claims

Police trashed mother’s ashes, lawsuit claims

[Ed. note: Dust to dust, ashes to trashes]

A Muncie man has filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Muncie and Randolph County, alleging a detective threw away his mother’s ashes during a robbery investigation.

In a suit filed Oct. 18 in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis, Joshua Eugene Baker, 26, alleges three officers were responsible for violating his Fourth Amendment and civil rights.

According to court documents filed by Indianapolis-based attorney M. Edward Krause III, Baker in October 2011 was considered a person of interest in a robbery being investigated by Tom Pullins, a detective with the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department.

On Oct. 18, 2011, while Baker was being questioned at the Muncie Police Department, his home was searched by Muncie police Detectives George Hopper and Robert Scaife.

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