By Dave Taylor
The story of a divorced couple fighting over the exhumation of their long-dead infant’s body made headlines starting late last week, when sensationalized and vague TV news stories left the public clamoring for details of a possible grave robbery or a clandestine plan to sneak off with an infant’s corpse against the mother’s wishes. Now several days later, even as more details have emerged, the picture has gotten only slightly clearer and important questions linger.
Initial news reports said that Stephen Newton, a former Hawesville resident, had exhumed the body of his infant son from a Macon, Ga. cemetery where he was buried 27 years ago, and had brought it to Hancock County without the permission of the boy’s mother and Newton’s ex-wife, Carin Manusuthakis. The body was then stored in the Hawesville garage of Newton’s father, District 4 Magistrate L.T. Newton.
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