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I Want My Mummy!

mummy2.jpgOh, man: Sure, sure, Norman Bates was really weird. But, holy wow! A judge in New Hampshire has ordered that Charles Peavey bury a mummfied baby that’s been passed down from generation to generation, unless the man can prove that the baby is related. Police seized the mummy last year, after Peavey mentioned its existence to staff at a day-care center. Peavey, however, can’t afford a DNA test, so I guess that means he’s going to have to bury the child.

And, here’s the really weird stuff:

The mummy, known as “Baby John,” had been on display on a bureau in Peavey’s home. Relatives and friends treated the mummy as a family member, giving cards during holidays and even a dried fish as a pet. Peavey said his family believes the mummy was the child of a great-great uncle.
“It’s one of the few things from our family past that we have left,” Peavey had written in a petition to the court. “And when I pass on, I was looking forward to passing it on to another family member, to keep some of the history for future family members.”

Peavey insists that “no weirdness was going on,” but — all due respect — you sort of lose your right to claim a lack of weirdness when you’re displaying a baby mummy in your house.