Pennsylvania man who allegedly flushed his grandparents’ ashes down a toilet will stand trial

A Pennsylvania man has been accused of flushing his grandparents’ ashes down a toilet after his mother kicked him out of her house.

Thomas Wells, 33, from Pittsburgh, faces two counts of abuse of a corpse and a criminal mischief charge.

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Wells appeared in court Monday for a preliminary hearing and was ordered held for trial, KDKA reported.

McKeesport police said Wells had been staying with his mother for a brief time before she asked him to leave last September.

Thomas Wells, 33, from Pittsburgh, Pa., has been accused of flushing his grandparents' ashes down a toilet after his mother kicked him out of her house last September. Wells appeared in court for a preliminary hearing on Monday. (iStock)

Thomas Wells, 33, from Pittsburgh, Pa., has been accused of flushing his grandparents' ashes down a toilet after his mother kicked him out of her house last September. Wells appeared in court for a preliminary hearing on Monday. (iStock)

According to KDKA, she told police that “all he wanted to do was to smoke marijuana and drink alcohol.”

She found out later, through a relative, that Wells had flushed her parents' ashes before he left. The ashes were kept in a box in the her bedroom.

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Though Wells denied it in a phone call with his mother, according to authorities, Wells’ mother said he texted her to say he would flush her ashes as well.

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“Yup, and as soon as you die, you’ll be in the s----er, you b----,” he reportedly texted her, according to the criminal complaint.

According to KDKA, a trial date has not been set.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.