- Associated Press - Friday, June 19, 2015

WOODSTOCK, Ill. (AP) - Prosecutors have filed additional charges against McHenry County’s former coroner for allegedly failing to bury fetuses that were found after she retired.

Marlene Lantz, of McHenry, was indicted Thursday after prosecutors said two fetuses were found in the morgue. The fetuses were 22-weeks-old and 9-weeks-old, The (Crystal Lake) Northwest Herald reported (https://bit.ly/1GVXp0z ).

Lantz, 68, was charged in February with failing to properly dispose of or bury a fetus found at a Crystal Lake restaurant in 1992. That fetus was found in the coroner’s office in January.

Lantz faces felony counts of official misconduct and forgery between the two indictments. She pleaded not guilty to the original charges and is free on bond.

Her attorney, Mark Gummerson, said he hasn’t seen the new indictment and had no comment. After Lantz was first indicted Gummerson said, “We truly believe that she is innocent and we will zealously defend these charges.”

Assistant State’s Attorney Michael Combs filed court papers asking to introduce the 9-week-old fetus as evidence in the case, showing Lantz “has a modus operandi for collecting and storing dead fetuses in the cooler.”

Lantz worked in the McHenry County coroner’s office for more than three decades. Her case is next in court June 24.


Information from: The Northwest Herald, https://www.nwherald.com

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