At a cemetery, bones tossed like trash, and families in pain

  • In this Oct. 2, 2018 file photo, toppled headstones rest on the ground in Park Cemetery in Bridgeport, Conn. A mass desecration of graves at the Connecticut cemetery has devastated dozens of families while police determine whether to file criminal charges. Authorities say gravestones and human remains at the cemetery were moved to make way for the newly dead. (Ned Gerard/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP, File)

  • In this Oct. 3, 2018 file photo, a distraught Jean Stott, of Shelton, Conn., tries to find the exact spot where a family member is located after the tombstone, had been moved at Park Cemetery in Bridgeport, Conn. A mass desecration of graves at the cemetery has devastated dozens of families while police determine whether to file criminal charges. Authorities say gravestones and human remains at Park Cemetery in Bridgeport were moved to make way for the newly dead. (Christian Abraham/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP, File)

  • This Nov. 29, 2018 file photo shows Park Cemetery in Bridgeport, Conn. Authorities say gravestones and human remains at the cemetery were moved to make way for the newly dead. A state judge ousted the cemetery caretaker last week because of the conditions. (Ned Gerard/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP, File)

Since the 1990s, Cheryl Jansen had noticed junk and tree limbs piling up at the once oasis-like Park Cemetery, just north of downtown Bridgeport, and wondered where the money families had paid for perpetual upkeep was going. What she learned after finally taking her case to a judge shocked the conscience.

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