Nursing home assistant who took & # 39; s photos of deceased elderly residents and sent them to friends and colleagues & # 39; s stands for three counts of abusing a corpse
- Stephanie R. Thomas, 28, was accused of abusing a corpse in Pennsylvania
- Police say she took photos of deceased residents in nursing homes in Berks County
- Thomas told the police that she took the sick photo & # 39; s because she & # 39; loved things like that & # 39;
- Relatives of the three deceased persons, aged 84 to 92, expressed their horror
A former employee in a nursing home was arrested and charged after the police said she had taken photos of the corpses of elderly facility residents.
Stephanie Rhiannon Thomas, 28, was charged with three crime counts of abusing a corpse over the Berks Heim Nursing & Rehabilitation incident in Leesport, Pennsylvania.
The police began investigating on September 25, when the nursing director in the facility contacted the authorities and said she had received an anonymous letter in which he accused Thomas of coarse inappropriate pictures to friends and colleagues. # 39; s to text & # 39; s.
Thomas, a certified nurse, later admitted to the police that she had taken the photos, but only because her ex-boyfriend & # 39; liked that kind of thing & # 39 ;, reported a probable cause statement through WFMZ TV.
Stephanie Rhiannon Thomas, 28, was accused of abusing a corpse over the Berks Heim Nursing & Rehabilitation incident (above) in Leesport, Pennsylvania.
Thomas handed her phone to the police, who searched for it and said it contained pictures of three corpses, one of whom came blood down from her head.
The police said photos of the deceased residents, aged 84 to 92, were taken on April 22, May 22, and July 29, 2019.
Witnesses told the police that they had received the despicable photos from Thomas via text message, according to the court documents.
One of the witnesses told police that Thomas had an & # 39; obsession with death & # 39; and another said she likes & # 39; dead things & # 39; collects.
That statement was confirmed by other evidence the police found on Thomas' phone, including photos of deer skulls, decapitated deer heads, an internet photo of a dog skull, and a small embalmed shark, police said.
& # 39; Frankly, I think it caused a lot of embarrassment and emotional problems for the families & # 39 ;, said Berks County District Attorney John Adams (above)
Relatives of the deceased residents of nursing homes whose photos were found, said they had in no way agreed to the photos, and utter horror and disgust at the allegations.
& # 39; Frankly, I think it caused a lot of embarrassment and emotional problems for the family members, & # 39; told Berks County District Attorney John Adams WPVI TV.
& # 39; Taking photos alone was inappropriate in itself, & # 39; said Adams.
Under Pennsylvania law, criminal abuse of a corpse is committed when & a person treats a corpse in a way that they know would harm ordinary family feelings & # 39 ;.
Thomas was suspended from her post in September after the allegations had emerged, but her current status at the county-managed facility is unclear.
Thomas must appear in court on December 3. She could not be reached for comment by DailyMail.com and it was unclear whether she had a lawyer to speak on her behalf.
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