MEMPHIS, Tenn. – A security guard at a Tennessee hospital had sex in a storage room with a dead woman’s body, authorities said Thursday.
Cameron Wright, 23, was arrested and charged with abuse of a corpse after at least two witnesses saw him having sex with a dead body—necrophilia—inside a body storage area at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office said.
Police said Wright admitted to the crime, reported Fox13 Memphis. His bond was set at $3,000.
St. Francis Hospital-Memphis said in a statement obtained by FOX13 that Wright has since been fired.
“Treating those we serve with dignity and respect is our top priority,” the hospital said. “The behavior of this individual does not represent what our hospital stands for, and these actions are completely unacceptable. We are saddened by this incident, and we are empathic and sympathetic to the family of the patient.”
Wright’s sister, who asked to remain anonymous, told WREG-TV in Memphis that her brother’s personality was “child-like” and raised questions about his mental state.
“He wanted to be a cop and I guess that’s the closest thing he could get at the moment,” Wright’s sister said.
“As a mature adult, you’re not gonna go and play with toys. He’s that type. He would play with BB guns, you know, just things a child would find interesting,” she said. “I think he’s still a good person, he just needs help. I mean, because anybody that does something like that, there’s got to be something wrong with them.”
— FOX13 Memphis (@FOX13Memphis) August 23, 2018
The dead woman, April Parham, 37, died Wednesday of a heart attack, WMC-TV of Memphis reported. The body of the kindergarten teacher and organ donor was being held in the storage room ahead of having her organs removed when her corpse was assaulted.
“I’m not only dealing with her death, I’m dealing with this and it’s not fair.”
– Victim’s father
Now, the family of the dead woman is left reeling and wants answers.
“If you ever had a daughter in this world, you would wish it would be just like April,” said April’s father James Parham.
An understandably emotional James is having trouble understanding what happened to his 37-year-old daughter, a kindergarten school teacher.
“I’m not only dealing with her death, I’m dealing with this and it’s not fair,” James said.
April Parham died Wednesday around 2 a.m. at St. Francis Hospital.
Her family was with her and said she entered the hospital for mental issues that she was apparently overcoming when she had a heart attack and died.
His ex-wife contacted him later in the day to say the hospital gave a vague description of what happened after his daughter died.
“It could be a possible assault that went on after April had died but she would not give me any more information,” James said.
James said the family already had a funeral home at the hospital, but his daughter was an organ donor.
The hospital had her body in a holding room to remove the organs when the assault happened.
James wants answers from the hospital and he knows what he wants for Cameron Wright.
“I want whatever the fullest extent of the law can happen to happen,” James said.
James said his daughter’s death was unexpected, and now the family can’t even find solace in knowing she has peace.
“After you pass, we think finally she’s not suffering, she’s not hurting no more and to find out this,” James said. “It’s devastating. It hurts.”