Man Kicked Out of Mom's House Flushes Grandparents' Ashes Down Toilet, Officials Say

What to Know

  • A man apparently frustrated after being kicked out of his mom's house allegedly flushed his grandparents' ashes down the toilet
  • Thomas Wells, 33, faces charges of corpse abuse and criminal mischief; attorney information for him wasn't immediately available
  • Wells denied flushing the remains when his mother confronted him about it, but later threatened to flush hers when she died, authorities say

A 33-year-old Pennsylvania man flushed his grandparents' ashes down a toilet after his mother kicked him out of her home -- and threatened to do the same with his mother's remains when she died, authorities say. 

Thomas Wells was arraigned Monday on two counts of abuse of a corpse and a criminal mischief charge, according to The Tribune-Review. 

McKeesport police say the 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 denied he flushed the ashes, but later warned his mother he would dump hers in the toilet when she died. 

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