All this crazy funeral talk reminds me of this:
The family of a deceased Oklahoma woman whose corpse was mutilated at a funeral home by a friend have revealed her identity, saying that they are afraid for the safety of her four children now that the suspected vandal is out of jail.
Shaynna Sims, 26, of Tulsa, was arrested after the alleged incident April 30 on three counts related to corpse vandalism and burglary.
On Thursday, prosecutors added a fourth charge of unlawful removal of a deceased person's body part, claiming the suspect had sliced off her supposed romantic rival's breasts and a toe, reported Tulsa World.
Pictured Shaynna Sims, 26 (left), is accused of mutilating the corpse of Tabatha, 38 (right), as she lay in her casket at an Oklahoma funeral home last month.
Long history: Tabatha had known Sims' husband, Montie Smith (left), pictured with wife Shaynna Sims, from her high school days and kept in touch with him over the years.
On Wednesday, the sister-in-law of the deceased woman, who gave her name as JulieAnn, spoke to NewsOn6 identifying the victim only as Tabatha. She told the station the family did not want the public to know her as just a vandalized corpse, saying she was a loving and beautiful person.
Daily Mail Online is not using the last name of the victim and her relative because the family said they are afraid of retribution.
Ms Tabatha, an insurance adjuster from Tulsa, passed away from natural causes April 29 at age 38. She is survived by her four children, ages 4 to 18.
Speaking to the local station, JulieAnn said everyone in her family is afraid of retaliation from Shaynna Sims, now that she has been released from jail on bond.
According to JulieAnn, Tabatha had known Sims' husband, Montie Smith, from her high school days and kept in touch with him over the years. The Sims family and Tabatha were also Friends on Facebook.
But contrary to previous reports suggesting a love triangle, Tabatha’s relative insisted that she and Montie Smith had never been involved in a romantic relationship, and there was no reason for Shaynna Sims to attack her lifeless body.
‘You didn't hurt her. She went out of this world as pretty as she came into it,’ JuliAnn said, referring to Sims. ‘Who you hurt was her mother, her brother, her kids who have been through so much, her nieces, her nephews, so many people that loved her, but you didn't hurt her.’
The family said the 38-year-old single mother of four deserved to rest in peace, and they hope that Shaynna Sims will be tried and convicted for her alleged crimes.
Sgt. Shane Tuell, a police spokesman, said investigators do not know what prompted Sims, who also goes by the last name Smith, to slash the corpse of her husband's high school friend, who was described as the suspect's 'frenemy.'
‘I was hoping by now this young lady would have talked and given her motivation behind why she did what she did, but apparently she’s keeping that to herself,’ Tuell said.
Witnesses told officers that they saw Sims reach into the casket at the Moore Funeral Home Eastlawn Chapel in Tulsa at around 5pm April 30.
Tabatha's face was cut from her hairline to the tip of her nose, her makeup was smeared and her hair was on the floor, police said.
John Wilson, the manager of the funeral home, said staff there called police after they were alerted to the vandalism by a visitor.
‘It’s never happened,’ Wilson said Monday. ‘We have 100 years of experience in this building and nobody’s ever experienced anything like that.’
Officers arrested Sims later Thursday at Tabatha's apartment on South Mingo Road, and that she had on her a folding knife with strands the dead woman’s hair still attached to it, as well as a pair of scissors, a box cutter and various makeup items.
Ms Tabatha's family told police her son allowed Sims to enter the home because she said she was picking up jewelry to wear to the funeral, reported Tulsa World.
According to court records, the 26-year-old woman was charged with child neglect in February and pleaded guilty to an amended charge of assault and battery April 15, 2015.