A worker in the Connecticut Medical Examiner's office has been accused of letting her husband look at the body of Newtown gunman Adam Lanza, a state employee with knowledge of the investigation told the Associated Press.
Jean Henry, a processing technician, was placed on administrative leave Dec. 21 so the allegation can be investigated, the official said. The employee spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the inquiry was under way. The investigation was first reported by The Hartford Courant.
Gov. Dannel Malloy said he will be "deeply disappointed" if investigators from the University of Connecticut Health Center verify that Henry engaged in such ghoulish behavior. "I hope that was not true. The investigation is ongoing," Malloy said.
Lanza's body was brought to the morgue in Farmington after he committed suicide at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where he murdered 20 first graders and six staffers on Dec. 14.
Two days after the massacre, Henry allegedly led her husband into her workplace and led him into the refrigerated room where bodies are kept until autopsy. They allegedly unzipped Lanza's bag so they could look at the body of the reviled gunman, sources told the Hartford Courant.
Henry's boss, Chief Medical Examiner H. Wayne Carver II, performed the autopsy on Lanza. The gunman's body was later claimed by his father.
Carver did not return calls and Henry and her lawyer could not be reached for comment. She is embroiled in a lawsuit against Malloy that claims the Democratic governor had her bounced from her old job in the budget office because she is a Republican.
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A nation mourns after the second deadliest school shooting in U.S. history left 20 children and six staff members dead at Sandy Hook Elementary.
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