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Hospital buries child in Oklahoma without family’s permission

PONCA CITY, Okla. — A mother said she wants her infant son’s body back from a hospital that she claims buried him without her permission.

According to KOCO, Vanessa Weir gave birth to twins in October at Mercy Hospital. Her girl Peyton is almost 3 months old, but Jaxon Lee Crane died in the womb. She only held the boy one time.

Weir said she told hospital staff that she planned to bury her boy in a cemetery close to home.

“They tell you, ‘You have all the time you need; he’ll be here in the morgue,’” she said.

But by the time Weir was able to make funeral plans and travel from Newkirk to Mercy Hospital to pick up her son’s body, he wasn’t there. She had planned a funeral for Monday.

“We had to wait 30 minutes just for them to go through the paperwork and another 40 for them to say he might be in the morgue or he might be buried,” she said.

Weir later found out that Jaxon had already been buried in an Oklahoma City cemetery.

Mercy admitted its mistake, saying in a statement to Eyewitness News 5: “Mercy provides the rite of Christian burial each quarter, when parents do not request a private burial. We regret that there was a break in communication regarding the family’s wishes.”

Weir said apologies aren’t easy to accept.

“I want him closer,” she said. “I want to bury my son, to have a place to visit, to take her.”

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