Desecrated Graves

In this Oct. 3, 2018 file photo, a distraught Jean Stott, of Shelton, tries to find the exact spot where a family member is located after the tombstone, had been moved at Park Cemetery in Bridgeport. (Christian Abraham/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP, File)

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A former cemetery caretaker has declined to comment after being arrested in connection with the desecration of dozens of graves at a Connecticut burial ground.

Bridgeport police say Dale LaPrade turned herself in Thursday after being told there was an arrest warrant.

She was charged with felony interference with a cemetery and released on a promise to appear in court Dec. 18.

Complaints from relatives of those buried at Park Cemetery led police to search the property in September.

Officials say gravestones and human remains were moved to make way for the newly dead, while human bones, casket pieces and broken gravestones were found in the woods.

A state's attorney says he has never seen the interference with a cemetery charge used before.

LaPrade texted The Associated Press saying she had no comment.

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