A Tennessee woman is set to appear in court this week for arraignment on charges of abuse of a corpse for allegedly keeping the remains of a baby in a storage unit for close to three decades.
Police arrested Melissa McCann, 62, after the remains of a newborn baby were found in a storage unit she had reportedly rented for 27 years, District Attorney Craig Northcott said in a press release.
McCann was indicted by a Coffee County grand jury Dec. 10 for two counts of abuse of a corpse. Additional indictments could be sought if investigators establish evidence of further crimes.
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The Watts-N-Storage unit was rented by McCann for the sole purpose of housing her full-term newborn baby's remains, Northcott said.
McCann rented the unit days after delivering the child in March 1994, authorities said.
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The alleged corpse abuser is slated to appear before the Coffee County Circuit Court on Dec. 17 around 9 a.m., Northcott said.