Council must ‘come clean’ over Aberdeen baby ashes scandal, says mum

An Aberdeen mum whose baby son’s ashes were never returned by Hazlehead Crematorium staff today said she was “disgusted” by the latest report and urged the council to “come clean”.

The 37-year-old, of Rosehill, who asked not to be named, gave birth to Adam in April 2003 and he died three weeks later after suffering problems with his lungs.

She said: “Around the time of the cremation I bought a little casket and the cremation staff said ‘what is that for?’  I said: ‘What do you think it’s for?’

When my brother had his kitten cremated, he got its ashes back. How can they not provide that for a baby?

“When I asked for my son’s ashes back, they said they didn’t have them. I have offered them thousands of pounds to get my boy’s ashes.

“When my brother had his kitten cremated, he got its ashes back. How can they not provide that for a baby?”

She added: “I’m just disgusted that they are  downplaying what happened in this report. The council needs to come clean on what happened.”

Aberdeen City Council says the crematorium operations at Hazlehead have been “transformed” since the issues were discovered.

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A council spokesman said: “Over the past few years operations at the crematorium have been transformed and there is now an open and inclusive ethos where staff are encouraged to contribute and challenge.

“Every crematorium staff member is a qualified cremator technician certified to carry out infant and baby cremations.

“Those improvements do not in any way compensate for the pain suffered by those affected by past practices, but are an indication of the comprehensive measures taken to address the issues identified.”

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