COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A judge says Ohio funeral regulators violated a state law in their deliberations on a funeral home that cremated the wrong child's body.
The judge in Columbus on Tuesday ordered the Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors to pay a $500 civil penalty plus the home's attorney fees.
The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/wSlxRk ) the panel went behind closed doors last August before deciding that a new owner could not reopen the funeral home under its previous name. One board member said consumers would think that nothing had changed since the mix-up.
The home had mistakenly cremated a 14-month-old boy against his parents' beliefs.
The judge says the regulators' private discussions violated Ohio's open meetings law.
A spokeswoman says the state attorney general's office is reviewing the ruling.
Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com