ME accused of keeping body part charged again

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Traci England

Traci England

CRANDON, Wis. (AP) — A former medical examiner charged in Oneida County with keeping a body part from an autopsy is facing a similar accusation in Forest County.

Traci England was charged earlier this year in Oneida County after police say she kept a piece of cadaver spine to train her dog. The 44-year-old Rhinelander woman has pleaded not guilty to misconduct in office.

Now a criminal complaint filed in Forest County accused England of keeping tissue from a body in another autopsy performed the same day as the Oneida County case. Forest County has a contract with Oneida County for medical examiner services.

Her attorney, Joel Hirschhorn says the tissue was being discarded anyway. Hirschhorn says it’s sad for everyone involved, including England, the family and the community.

England resigned following her arrest in January.