An employee at Connecticut's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into an allegation she let her husband view the body of the man who killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.
An employee at Connecticut’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into an allegation she let her husband view the body of the man who killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.
A state employee with knowledge of the investigation told The Associated Press on Thursday that Jean Henry, a processing technician, is accused of showing Adam Lanza’s body to her husband on Dec. 16, two days after the shooting. Henry’s husband does not work for the state. The employee spoke on the condition of anonymity because the inquiry is under way.
The 20-year-old Lanza shot and killed his mother inside their Newtown home before driving to Sandy Hook Elementary School, killing 20 first graders and six staff members, then killing himself. His body has been claimed by his father, who made “private arrangements” for the remains, a family spokesman has said.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Thursday he was informed of the investigation, which the University of Connecticut Health Center is conducting as the agency that handles personnel matters for the medical examiner’s office. Malloy would not discuss the allegation.
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“I hope that was not true. The investigation is ongoing,” Malloy said. “I would be deeply disappointed if proven to be true and would expect, if proven to be true, that whatever steps are appropriate would be taken.”
The investigation was first reported by The Hartford Courant.
Chris DeFrancesco, a University of Connecticut Health Center spokesman, confirmed Henry was put on administrative leave Dec. 21. A message left with Dr. H. Wayne Carver II, the chief medical examiner, was not immediately returned. Typically, a person on administrative leave in state government is paid.
Messages also were left with Henry, who lives in Watertown, and with a lawyer who is representing her in an unrelated lawsuit against the governor, his legal counsel and his budget director.
Henry worked as a legislative program manager at the state’s budget office beginning under previous Republican governors. She said in her lawsuit that she was wrongly terminated from that job in 2011, after Malloy, a Democrat, had become governor. She said in the suit that she was told her division was being restructured. The suit claimed she was terminated for exercising her free speech rights and being a Republican.
After leaving the Office of Policy and Management, Henry was moved to the Medical Examiner’s Office.
Associated Press Writer Stephen Singer contributed to this report.