Father seeks justice after hospital guard had sex with his daughter’s corpse

Father seeks justice after hospital guard had sex with his daughter’s corpse
Cameron Wright (Source: SCSO)
Cameron Wright (Source: SCSO)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A security guard had sex with a corpse in a hospital storage room, according to Shelby County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies arrested Cameron Wright on charges of abuse of a corpse.

A witness reported seeing Wright with the corpse at St. Francis Hospital. Officers arrived and took Wright to jail.

Investigators said Wright admitted to the crime. He was booked on a $3,000 bond.

St. Francis Hospital released the following statement:

"Treating those we serve with dignity and respect is our top priority.  The behavior of this individual does not represent what our hospital stands for, and these actions are completely unacceptable.  We are saddened by this incident, and we are empathetic and sympathetic to the family of the patient.  We contract with U.S. Security Associates for our hospital's security services, and all officers are required to undergo thorough background checks.  The security guard involved in this situation has been terminated."

Now, the family of the woman, April Parham, is left reeling and wants answers.

"If you ever had a daughter in this world, you would wish it would be just like April," said April's father James Parham.

An understandably emotional James is having trouble understanding what happened to his 37-year-old daughter, a kindergarten school teacher.

"I'm not only dealing with her death, I'm dealing with this and it's not fair," James said.

April Parham died Wednesday around 2 a.m. at St. Francis Hospital.

Her family was with her and said she entered the hospital for mental issues that she was apparently overcoming when she had a heart attack and died.

His ex-wife contacted him later in the day to say the hospital gave a vague description of what happened after his daughter died.

"It could be a possible assault that went on after April had died but she would not give me any more information," James said.

James said the family already had a funeral home at the hospital, but his daughter was an organ donor.

The hospital had her body in a holding room to remove the organs when the assault happened.

James wants answers from the hospital and he knows what he wants for Cameron Wright.

"I want whatever the fullest extent of the law can happen to happen," James said.

James said his daughter's death was unexpected, and now the family can't even find solace in knowing she has peace.

"After you pass, we think finally she's not suffering, she's not hurting no more and to find out this," James said. "It's devastating. It hurts."

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