Morgue put boy's brain on display


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The Independent US

A jury has awarded $1m (£650,000) to a family that sued New York City after learning that their dead son's brain was on display at the city morgue. Relatives of Jesse Jerome Shipley, 17, say they learned through a macabre coincidence in 2005 that the medical examiner's office had kept his brain.

According to the Staten Island Advance newspaper, classmates of the victim's 14-year-old sister saw a specimen jar containing a brain labelled with Jesse's name during a field trip to the mortuary. The sister had been a passenger in the car crash that killed him.

The family said it had to conduct a second burial for the brain.