Baby burial a mistake; suits filed

Chaz StevensHumanity

December 14, 2002 A Pompano Beach funeral home faces two separate lawsuits for allegedly burying two infants in a shallow grave instead of cremating them as requested by their mothers. Chandra Robinson of Pompano Beach and Jacqueline Smith of Fort Lauderdale are each seeking damages in excess of $15,000, in suits their lawyers say may be amended to seek greater compensation for emotional distress. Smith's son, Anthony Smith Jr., who died five days after his premature birth on May 6, 2001, was buried with the body of Robinson's unnamed son. Born prematurely, Robinson's son lived for two hours following his birth on July 23, 2001. L.C. Poitier Funeral Home is accused of placing the infants in plastic bags and burying them together in a shallow hole in Westview Cemetery in Pompano Beach. In the suits filed in Broward County Circuit Court on Wednesday, Smith and Robinson say the funeral home received $100 for each baby, for cremation. Woodrow Poitier, the owner of L.C. Poitier Funeral Home, told state regulators that the funeral home made a mistake. ''I have no reason for the mix-up,'' Poitier said in a written statement to James Patton, an investigator with the state Department of Business … Read More