A jury on Wednesday awarded $1 million to Staten Island parents who found out their dead son’s brain was displayed in a jar at a city morgue, according to the New York Daily News.
Andre and Korisha Shipley had buried their 17-year-old son, Jesse, in 2005 after a fatal car crash. But two months later, some of Jesse’s old classmates from Port Richmond High School spotted a brain in formaldehyde during a field trip to the Richmond County mortuary.
The jar had Jesse’s name on it.
It turns out the medical examiner had retained Jesse’s organs after his autopsy.
The family brought legal action to get Jesse’s body parts back from the morgue and also sued the city over the incident.
The city may appeal the jury’s award.