Charles Peavey of Concord, New Hampshire, was distressed when the police came and took away his mummified baby last week. After all, it was part of the family.
Of all the stories surrounding the mummy's birth and death, Peavey favors the one that says he's an ancient relative - the stillborn son of a great-great uncle. He calls the mummy "Baby John." Through DNA testing, a forensic anthropologist will be able to determine whether that theory is plausible.Peavey's family had given the baby gifts: "ceramic angels, antique marbles, a quartz candle holder and a dried but once-living beta fish. (It was supposed to be the mummy's pet.)"
"I've always treated him as a family member," said Peavey, a cook at a Hooksett restaurant who spends his free time tracing his family history. "And I'll be disappointed if he's not." [Link]
Police learned of the mummy's existence when Peavey's 4-year-old great-niece told a day-care bully, "Be careful. My uncle's a killer. He has a dead baby."