MCKEESPORT, Pa. (AP) — A judge has ruled that a western Pennsylvania man must stand trial on charges he flushed his grandparents’ ashes down a toilet after his mother kicked him out of her home.
Thomas Wells faces 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.