A judge has ordered a New Hampshire man to put an unusual family heirloom to rest. Probate Judge Richard Hampe told the Concord Monitor newspaper that a mummified baby passed down for 90 years through Charles Peavey's family must be buried because there is no DNA evidence proving kinship.
Peavey said his family is disappointed, but will not appeal the decision. Authorities became aware of the mummified infant, known in Peavey's family as "Baby John," in April 2006 after Peavey's niece told day care staff her uncle kept a dead baby in his home. Peavey had kept Baby John on a bureau in his home.
Authorities confiscated the mummy, which Peavey's family believes to be a relative's stillborn child. Relatives and friends treated the mummy as a part of the family, giving it cards during holidays and even a dried pet fish. "I've never treated him like a joke. No weirdness was going on," Peavey said.
It was unclear where or when the mummified remains will be buried or what the grave marker will say, the newspaper reported. Peavey said said his first priority was to get his niece to take down the a MySpace page set up for Baby John.
Heirlooms in my family consist of jewelry, old coins/bills, and some rare porcelain figurines. Not sure a mummified infant's body would have been seen as a keepsake, but thats just my own rational and reasonable sensibilities speaking again.
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