Second body missing from troubled Hamden Plains Cemetery

New Haven

A second family has come forward alleging the remains of their loved one are missing at the troubled Hamden Plains Cemetery.

“Her name was Laponja Serena Davis,” said Loretta Davis. “I loved her. She was my first daughter,” Davis explained.

It’s been four decades since Davis’ baby girl died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome at just five weeks old. For her family the pain is just as fresh as when it happened because of the problems at the graveyard.

“It adds a layer of pain because, you know, you never forget a child, even if they’re on this earth for a day. You carry a child for nine months and you love that child,” Davis said.

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Davis discovered a problem with her daughter’s final resting place in 2016 when then-cemetery managers told her they “didn’t have a record of her burial.” Three years later Davis still doesn’t know where in Hamden Plains her baby is buried.

“Yes, it’s painful to see that, you know, her remains are disrespected, I’m disrespected.”

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Hamden Plains blames the current problems on sloppy record keeping by past cemetery managers. A spokesman told News 8’s Mario Boone “We will do our best to make sure relatives know the place where they have been visiting their deceased loved ones is the right spot.”

Of course, News 8 was first to report last month George Johnson’s missing body in the same graveyard. While his remains have since been found, Davis says it was that case which caused her to speak out.

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“I would like to make sure where her remains are. That would be, you know, the closure for me,” the mother said.


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