Man accused of flushing grandparents' ashes down toilet

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April 30, 2019
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MCKEESPORT, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a western Pennsylvania man flushed his grandparents' ashes down a toilet after his mother kicked him out of her home.


The Tribune-Review reports that Thomas Wells was arraigned Monday on two counts of abuse of a corpse and a criminal mischief charge.


McKeesport police say the 33-year-old Pittsburgh man had been staying with his mother for a brief time before she asked him to leave last September.


The mother told police in February that a relative told her Wells had flushed her parents' ashes before he left. The ashes were kept in a box in the mother's bedroom.


Authorities say Wells told his mother he had not flushed the ashes down a toilet.


But the mother says Wells later said he would flush her remains after she dies.