State Medical Examiner Employee Accused Of Letting Husband View Body Of Newtown School Gunman
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NEWTOWN, Conn. (CBS Connecticut/AP) — A state employee at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner accused of letting her husband view the body of Newtown school gunman Adam Lanza.
The Hartford Courant reports that processing technician Jean Henry has been placed on administrative leave after allegedly letting her husband look at Lanza’s body in the refrigerated room at the Farmington facility two days after the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that claimed the lives of 26 people, including 20 students. Lanza also killed his mother, Nancy Lanza, before the mass shooting.
H. Wayne Carver II, the chief state medical examiner, placed Henry on leave four days later and filed an internal complaint, the Courant reports.
Lanza’s father, Peter Lanza, of Stamford, Conn., claimed his son’s body last Thursday, and there were “private arrangements” over the weekend, according to the family spokesman. He would not elaborate on what those arrangements were.
A private service was held earlier this month at an undisclosed location in New Hampshire for Nancy Lanza, who was divorced from Peter Lanza. Briggs said a public memorial service is also planned for her sometime in the spring.
Authorities have not offered a motive for the killings. State police say they have been exploring all aspects of Adam Lanza’s life including his education, family history and medical treatment for clues. Authorities have said it could take months to produce a final report on their investigation.
The state’s chief medical examiner has sought help from the University of Connecticut genetics department to study Lanza’s DNA and determine if there is any identifiable disease associated with his behavior.
Classes are resuming Thursday for Sandy Hook Elementary School students for the first time since last month’s shooting.
The more than 400 students are attending classes Thursday at a refurbished school in a neighboring town that has been given the same name as their old school.
The school district says parents who want to be close to their children are welcome to visit and stay in classrooms or an auditorium throughout the day. Parents were encouraged to have their children take the bus to help them return to familiar routines.
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