By all accounts, 9-year-old Jarrod Tutko Jr. died in absolutely deplorable conditions. His father Jarrod Tutko Sr. was arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child, abuse of a corpse, and concealment of the death of a child. And now it seems that after years of leaving him to rot in confinement, Jarrod's own mother never bothered to claim his body.
After 19 days of trying to get in touch with Kimberly Tutko, the Dauphin County Coroner's office in Pennsylvania cremated Jarrod's remains as per state law. The coroner said the mother never came forward, despite the fact that he suggested agencies she could contact for burial assistance. It was announced that the boy's ashes would be buried along with the ashes of the county's other unclaimed bodies later this year.
It's a tragic end to what has already been a nearly incomprehensible story of neglect.