It's not unlawful to freeze dead granny

July 15, 2009 at 10:42 AM

BALTIMORE, July 15 (UPI) -- There is no law in Maryland against placing a dead person in the deep freeze and not reporting it, prosecutors in Anne Arundel County say.

Officials are unable to file criminal charges after police found the body of Doris Lea Cooke, 83, in the freezer of a suburban Baltimore apartment, The Baltimore Sun reported Wednesday.

When police arrived, family members said Cooke, who had been ailing and bedridden for years, had died several weeks ago and her body was being stored in the freezer.

Maryland law requires healthcare and other professionals to report a death but that doesn't include individuals.

Ten years ago the Maryland House of Delegates tried but failed to extend the requirement to others.

"We are going to see if we can do something about it," says Theodore J. Sophocleus, a lawmaker from Linthicum. "I'm going to introduce it again."

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